We’ve All Been Raised By Evil Love Stories

Thought Catalog

A lifetime of bad lessons can mess you up. Look at every love story ever told:


Boy meets girl. Their eyes touch and for a heartbeat the world stops turning. But it cannot be because there’s another guy:


Or perhaps another girl:


Or maybe just crappy ol’ circumstances:


This doesn’t stop our hero/heroine. Through their undying faith in destiny they battle to win the heart of Their One True Love.


And they succeed!


Only to screw it all up for dramatic reasons.


And in one final act of soul-aching humility (that always seems to involve chasing a train or plane) our star-crossed lovers come to realise they’re perfect for each other.


And they live happily ever after. The End.


Unfortunately, this is all total wish fulfilment bullcrap. Worse, it’s poisonous to real relationships. Let me show you why.

Lie #1: Wanting someone means you should be together

In our…

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