Have you ever wondered why love bombing is considered a red flag?

If so, you’re not alone. During a support group we recently held, a few members of our community were wondering the same thing.

So, I did a bit of research on my own, and here’s what I found.

The reason love bombing is a red flag is because:

  1. It’s a sign of manipulation.
  2. It creates an imbalance of power.
  3. It hides the relationship’s lack of depth.
  4. It can lead to emotional dependency.
  5. It disregards personal boundaries.
  6. It sets unrealistic expectations for the relationship.

In this article, I will walk you through each of these reasons to help you understand why love bombing is a red flag.

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1.) It’s a Sign of Manipulation

In healthy relationships, things tend to move at a pace where both people feel comfortable. 

You get to know each other gradually, sharing experiences and opening up over time. 

This slow build helps create a strong foundation based on mutual respect and understanding. 

Love bombing, on the other hand, speeds up this process unnaturally. 

This rush doesn’t allow you the time you need to truly understand each other’s characters. 

It’s like skipping to the end of a book and missing all the important parts that lead up to the conclusion. 

When affection and commitment are given too quickly, it can be a sign that the person is trying to manipulate your feelings to gain control or hide their true self rather than forming a genuine, lasting bond.1

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2.) It Creates an Imbalance of Power

Healthy relationships are all about balance and equality. 

Both partners have an equal say and respect each other’s opinions and boundaries. 

There’s a give-and-take dynamic where both people’s needs and feelings are considered important. 

Love bombing disrupts this balance by creating an imbalance of power.2 

When one person overwhelms the other with attention and affection, it might initially feel good, but it can quickly become a tool for control. 

The person doing the love bombing might start to expect that their intense early investment gives them the right to make decisions or demand more in the relationship, which would place you in a less equal position. 

A narcissist manipulating someone.

This imbalance can leave you feeling obligated to return their affections or agree to things you’re uncomfortable with out of a sense of indebtedness or pressure. 

It’s a red flag because true love respects your autonomy and grows from mutual trust, not from one person holding more power over the other.

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3.) It Hides the Relationship’s Lack of Depth

In a healthy relationship, the connection between two people grows steadily through shared experiences, vulnerabilities, and a deep understanding of each other. 

This genuine connection forms the backbone of the relationship, ensuring that both individuals appreciate each other for who they truly are.

Love bombing, however, hides the absence of this deep, genuine connection.3

By overwhelming you with attention and affection, a love bomber might divert your attention from noticing that there isn’t a substantial emotional foundation being built. 

As a result, you might get caught up in the whirlwind of romance and not realize that you know very little about the person’s true self or that they haven’t made an effort to understand you truly. 

It’s a red flag because the intense focus on making you feel special can be a tactic to prevent you from seeing the relationship’s lack of depth and compatibility, which are crucial for long-term satisfaction and stability.

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4.) It Can Lead to Emotional Dependency

Healthy relationships encourage independence and individuality alongside the partnership. 

You and your partner support each other’s personal growth and find happiness both together and apart. 

Conversely, love bombing can create an unhealthy level of emotional dependency.4 

The bomber’s intense attention and affection can make you feel like you’re on an emotional high, leading you to crave that constant validation and fear its loss. 

A person nervous because of the love bombing they are experiencing.

This dependency makes it difficult to maintain personal boundaries or feel secure within the relationship without constant reassurance. 

It’s a red flag because it shifts the dynamic from mutual support to one where your emotional well-being becomes tied to the love bomber’s actions and approval. 

This dependency is not only unhealthy but also manipulative, as it places you in a vulnerable position where the love bomber can exert control over your feelings and decisions.

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5.) It Disregards Personal Boundaries

In a healthy relationship, there’s a mutual respect for each other’s boundaries. 

This respect makes both partners feel safe and secure, knowing their limits will be honored. 

Discussions about comfort levels, privacy, and individual needs are welcomed and seen as necessary. 

Love bombing, however, often involves a blatant disregard for these personal boundaries

While the overwhelming attention is seemingly positive, it can pressure you into moving faster than you’re comfortable with, whether emotionally or physically.5 

A woman thinking feeling like the relationship is moving too fast.

This invasion of boundaries is a red flag because it indicates a lack of genuine concern for your feelings and well-being. 

Instead of fostering a healthy environment where both partners can grow together respectfully, love bombing seeks to break down barriers quickly, leaving you exposed and more easily manipulated.

6.) It Sets Unrealistic Expectations for the Relationship

Healthy relationships are built on realistic expectations and a mutual understanding that both partners are human, with their own flaws and limitations. 

This foundation helps foster a supportive and forgiving environment where love grows from accepting each other as you are. 

On the contrary, love bombing can set the stage for unrealistic expectations.6 

The bombardment of affection and grand promises early on can create an image of perfection that neither you nor the love bomber can live up to. 

As the relationship progresses and the initial intensity fades, failing to meet these exaggerated expectations can lead to disappointment and conflict. 

This is a red flag because it shows the relationship might not be based on the realistic acceptance of each other’s true selves but rather on an idealized version that can lead to disillusionment and dissatisfaction.

Suggested Reading: What Do Narcissists Want In a Relationship?

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Thank you so much for reading; I hope this post helped you understand why love bombing is a significant red flag.

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

Have you ever been on the receiving end of love bombing? 

How did it affect your perception of the relationship and decision-making?

What steps have you taken to protect yourself from falling into the trap of love bombing in future relationships?

Or perhaps you’re looking for advice on recovering from a relationship where love bombing played a role.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Hey, I’m Elijah.

I experienced narcissistic abuse for three years. 

I create these articles to help you understand and validate your experiences.

Thank you for reading, and remember, healing is possible even when it feels impossible.

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  2. Psychology Today. Love Bombing. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/love-bombing ↩︎
  3. Taylor Wendt. (2022. November, 11). What Is Love Bombing? WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/what-is-love-bombing ↩︎
  4. The Attachment Project. Love Bombing: Manipulation, Dependence and Control. The Attachment Project. https://www.attachmentproject.com/love/love-bombing/manipulation/ ↩︎
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  6. Nicole Arzt. (2023. May, 25). Love Bombing: Definition, Signs, & How to Heal. Choosing Therapy. https://www.choosingtherapy.com/love-bombing/ ↩︎

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