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Comparisons made between limerence and substance addiction may draw attention to the constant, free availability of the limerent's "drug of choice".
Fantasies that are concerned with far-fetched ideas are usually dropped by the fantasizer.
Limerence is considered as a cognitive and emotional state of being emotionally attached to or even obsessed with another person, and is typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a strong desire for reciprocation of one's feelings—a near-obsessive form of romantic love.
Physical contact with the object is neither essential nor sufficient to an individual experiencing limerence, unlike with one experiencing sexual attraction.
Where early, unhealthy attachment patterns or trauma influence limerence, the limerent object may be construed as an idealization of the figure or figures involved in the original unhealthy attachment or trauma.
She notes that one form may evolve into the other: "Those whose limerence was replaced by affectional bonding with the same partner might say ...
'We were very much in love when we married; today we love each other very much'".