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How can you make yourself stop loving someone?

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How can you make yourself stop loving someone?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. There really is no specific way to stop loving someone besides time and distance from that person. May I ask, who is this specific person that you want to stop loving and why?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I fell in love with Tim when I was 15 and he was 17. Timing all wrong. He loved Laurel. They had a child, and honestly I wish that would have been happy ever after. Fast forward many years, I am the married one with teenagers and he's single. I'm like the very married kind; I mean that's it. But I still IDK. I'm still I love with Tim, as much as I try to talk myself out of it. I think I always will because he helped me through a lot. And we're friends, but I know he doesn't love me back. I'm miserable. I just don't know what to do.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Tim is the one I can always talk to when I'm upset; we both know what depression is like. And I talk to him about a hundred other things that my husband had no time for or thinks I should know.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He's my best friend.
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

It sounds like you should probably stop communicating with Tim and move forward with your life. Like I said before there is no real way to stop falling in love with a person, but stopping communication so that you are no longer reminded of that person on a daily basis would be helpful as the distance and time will lessen this attachment you have with Tim. Also I would highly recommend that you consider undergoing individual therapy for this issue because you have stated that you have been in lover and attached to this man for many many years, even more so than your own husband from what you are telling me. Individual therapy will help you better understand why you are so attached to Tim and it will help you to move forward in a gradual manner so that you can focus on your own marriage and not on Tim. For you, it will be unlikely to just stop loving this man, so getting that therapeutic support and systematic treatment would be best.