When he doesn’t say “I love you” back, he may not be in love with you quite yet.
He may care about you deeply but may not quite be at a place where he feels comfortable telling you that he loves you and truly mean it.
This doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
It really doesn’t.
This doesn’t mean that he will never be able to love you and say it.
He may just not be at that point right now.
If you have a good relationship with him and have no reason to be fearful for the relationship, there is a good chance that he will come to tell you that he loves you in good time.
Oftentimes, two partners fall in love at different stages in the relationship.
One may fall in love a lot earlier than the other.
You may have had this hunger for love before you began to date him.
Once you began dating and realized that he was what you were looking for, you allowed the love to happen a lot quicker.
The right person for you came along.
You literally let yourself open up to him because this may have been something that you were already waiting for.
Understand that he may not have been waiting to fall in love.
He may not have been as hungry as you were to fall in love.
When he started dating you, he wasn’t necessarily full of a whole bunch of love that he had been storing up all along.
He would need more time to allow this love to develop and manifest itself.
This could really be the situation that you are in.
He may also be the kind of guy who has a hard time truly expressing his feelings.
If you have observed that he tends to be relatively secretive or private about certain aspects of his life, he may be the kind of guy who can’t simply tell you that he loves you back that easily.
Think about the kind of guy he is.
Is he an emotional guy?
Is he all into romance?
Does he take you out on spontaneous dates?
If this is not the case, you may be dealing with a guy who is not predisposed to letting his feelings be known.
You could even look to his dating history as a guide.
If he tends to have short-lived romantic partners, it could be because of his difficulty in expressing himself or even opening himself up completely to someone.
Another important reason why he may not tell you that he loves you back may be because he is worried about the kind of expectations you would have if he were to tell you that he loved you back.
He may worry that the moment he tells you that he loves you back, you will begin to set expectations of the relationship that he simply couldn’t meet at this time.
He may actually love you.
He just doesn’t want to deal with what you may expect him to start saying or doing if he were to tell you that he loved you back.
He is not quite ready for that kind of pressure.