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In Response to HOW DO YOU DEFINE LOVE, ROMANCE AND LUST by gertieanne88
I shared some of my thoughts about this in the Single & Mingle group; I essentially feel that most activity toward relationships gets motivated by hormones and culminates when the realities of human interaction "hit the fan", accounting for the approximate 60% divorce rate. I have never ventured into the realm of romance beyond one or two dates in my college days but the fiasco that turned out to be due to my immaturity and lack of practical knowlege (resulting from dysfunctional family dynamics as I was growing up) led me to declare a self-imposed state of celebacy from the embarrasment and shame I felt. Since then I have developed social coping mechanisms to keep my hormonal impulses in check and practice a carefully orchestrated socially acceptable pattern of behavior;. privately though, I have to admit I'm as "human" as anyone else. I tend to accept the prospect that sexual fantasies are not an adequate substitute for actual relationships but I consider them better than bad relationships.