“Romantic attraction is a person’s emotional reaction to another, and it can be described as a yearning to be admired and joined in,” says the therapist. Christa McCrory, LICSW-PIP.
While romantic attraction varies from person to person, many people will experience feelings of wanting to protect and provide for another person, a desire to maintain their nurturing, enjoy their company, a desire to take on the role of responsibility in keeping that person happy, that is. Notes.
Some people see their romantic orientation—how they experience romantic attraction and to whom—as part of their identity separate from their sexual orientation. For example, someone can be both gay and bisexual, which means that they are only emotionally attracted to people who share their gender but experience sexual attraction to people of more than one gender. Those who experience little romantic attraction to others may be referred to as romantic.
Not all relationships need romantic attraction. However, in healthy relationships where romantic attraction is present, it acts as a force that drives partners to constantly care for and care for each other with sympathy, acting as a glue to keep the relationship connected even as partners and the environment inevitably change, McCrory says.