Part of maintaining a satisfying love life is learning how to differentiate between a romantic interest with potential, and a crush that might not make a solid match. It's important to remember that just because you're crushing on someone, doesn't necessarily mean you should pursue a relationship with them. Fortunately, there are some early signs you and your crush are better as friends that you might want to keep an eye out for. This way, you may still be able to enjoy each other's company on a platonic level, without starting a romance that might not be set up for success. That said, it's also important to tread carefully.
Being friends with someone who you already have strong feelings for isn't easy, according to Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Host of The Kurre and Klapow Show. "At the very least it is extremely difficult," Dr. Klapow tells Elite Daily. "[Your romantic feelings] may fade over time on their own. But the reality is, if you are looking for romance with them, those feelings aren't going to completely go away." Of course, every situation is different, and only you can decide if being platonic friends with a crush is realistic. If you're not sure whether to give love a chance, here are some signs a friendship could be a better option.