In abstract, I don’t have any problem saying “I Love You” to the people I love. In practice, I often find I feel conflicted when I feel the urge to say those words. I’m not ashamed of revealing my feelings. What silences me is worry about what they will think of me. I love easily (and permanently, when I do), and I know that others may not feel as strongly about me, and might be embarrassed. Or I fear they will think I don’t mean it, or will just be weirded out by a phrase that culture has deemed uniquely loaded. Or, more commonly when I’m talking to a woman, I’m afraid they will percieve the statement as carrying a connotation of romance and attachment which I don’t necessarily intend. Whatever the reason, I often end conversations, either in person or online, with the sense of something important left unsaid. I hate that feeling.