Lots of people fall in love without being in a relationship with that person first.
If they have been interacting with this person on a daily or consistent basis, love may actually sneak up on them without their knowing it.
This tends to happen with people who may work together often or work on certain challenging projects together.
As you get to know that person, you may begin to feel a connection with them.
This is especially true when both individuals go through challenges in their work relationship that requires that they work together in order to resolve said challenge.
When there is a relevant threat that requires both parties to work together over a consistent period of time to resolve, there can be a very poignant bond that develops.
This is often why people tend to bond after a traumatic event.
They have that incident that connects them in a way that other people who never experienced that can never relate to.
Hence, this is how a good number of people will often fall in love with someone that they aren’t even in a relationship with.
There are other ways that this can happen.
This person may actually be your friend.
They may even be your best friend.
As your best friend they probably know you just as well as your family members do.
As your best friend, they have gotten to see you at your best and at your worst.
Amid all of this, they stuck around.
They have gotten to know things about you that you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with just anyone.
Yet, they still accept you.
They may have even been there for you when you had a health issue and supported you.
They may have been there for you when you were having a rough time with your family or having a family emergency and never left your side.
This is a best friend that you have come to trust over time.
However, now you realize that this relationship is no longer platonic because you can’t help but think about this friend all the time.
You imagine what it would be like to kiss them or hold them close in a romantic way.
You may try to stop yourself from thinking in this way but it is hard because these images will often show up in your mind unexpectedly.
This is another way that people tend to fall in love with someone without being in a romantic relationship with them.
Also, falling in love with someone without being in a relationship with them can happen when you have liked someone for a long time and have created stories about this person in your head.
You use your imagination to envision what it would be like to be with this person.
You may barely know this person but you create this person’s persona in your mind.
You essentially create what would be your ideal partner in your head.
You don’t have any real proof that this person would be the way you have imagined but because you are attracted to them, you fill in the blanks in your mind.
The longer this persists, the deeper and more profound the stories you create.
Ultimately, you fall in love with a persona you barely know because the brain is now unable to separate fact from fiction.