This chapter describes alienating affection as a kind of theft, in which the responsibility for the transfer is shared between the thief and the one whose affection is at issue. Instead of entering and taking the silver, a burglar stays outside with a magnet and attracts the loot out an open window without any breaking and entering. Like the burglar, a person has the tendency to unknowingly develop affections to another, which at times are not reciprocated with the same passion. If a person alienates affection, uncomfortable confrontations are expected since such victims feel more hurt than indignation.
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