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    The Captive Heart: A Tale of One-Sided Love and Selfish Imprisonment

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    Written by : Dr Abdilrazaq Yusuf Ahmed


    Love is often described as a boundless force that brings two souls together in harmony and love is a complex and beautiful emotion, capable of transcending boundaries and bringing immense joy. However, there are instances when love

    becomes a one-sided affair, marked by selfishness, and transforms what should be a nurturing connection into a suffocating prison. In this article, we delve into the story of a person held hostage by an unbalanced, self-serving relationship, where his heart yearns for liberation.

    The Blossoming of Asad’s Love:

    Meet my childhood friend and I will give him the Name of Asad, our hero Asad, a compassionate and kind-hearted individual who fell hopelessly in love with a person whose heart was consumed by selfish desires. At the outset, Asad’s affection was pure and genuine, filled with selflessness and a desire to nurture his partner’s happiness. Unfortunately, his beloved failed to reciprocate these sentiments, leading to a profound and agonizing one-sided relationship

    The Alluring Web of Love:

    At the onset of his relationship, its charm was undeniable, enamored and hopeful, willingly embraced his partner’s every whim. He believed that love demanded sacrifice, that his sole purpose was to cater to the desires and needs of his loved one. He embarked on a journey fueled by hope, oblivious to the self-serving nature of his partner.

    Unseen Chains of Selfishness:

    As the relationship progresses, the once rosy shades begin to fade. The protagonist finds his-selves morphing into a captive of his beloved, as his partner’s selfishness becomes more apparent. Every decision revolves around the partner’s desires, while the protagonist’s dreams, needs, and aspirations evaporate like fleeting wisps of smoke.

    Asad’s love became a prison, with invisible chains forged by his partner’s selfishness. Every attempt to express his emotions was met with indifference or outright dismissal. Asad’s emotional needs were neglected, as his partner consistently put his own desires and interests above the relationship’s wellbeing. As time went by, Asad felt like a hostage, trapped within the confines of a love that only served to suffocate his spirit.

    The Prison Walls:

    Yet, ASAD remains blinded by love, trapped in his self-created prison. Any attempt to assert his individuality or question the imbalance is met with manipulation or emotional blackmail. The relationship’s foundation is built on control and power, suffocating the protagonist’s sense of self. Each day he wakes up, feeling the weight of invisible chains, longing for liberation that seems increasingly out of reach.

    The Lingering Hope:

    Despite the suffocating circumstances, That Lover man clings to a flicker of hope. He yearns for the moment when his beloved will truly understand and reciprocate his feelings. He continues to justify his ordeal, convincing his-selves that his unwavering commitment will eventually bring the happiness he seeks. Alas, this

    hope is often met with disappointment, making each passing day more emotionally draining than the last In his desperation for reciprocation, Asad clung to a fragile illusion of hope, believing that his unwavering dedication would eventually soften his partner’s heart. He endured emotional turmoil, making sacrifices and compromises, all in the name of love.

    However, the more Asad invested, the more his partner took advantage of his selflessness. Asad’s love became a tool for manipulation, his captor exploiting his emotions to fulfill his own desires.

    The Emotional Toll:

    Asad’s spirit gradually withered under the weight of unrequited love. His self- esteem suffered, as he constantly questioned his worthiness and wondered what he lacked to gain his partner’s affection. Every rejection inflicted a deep emotional wound, eroding his confidence and leaving his feeling inadequate. The relationship had become an emotional battlefield, with Asad as the sole casualty.

    However even in the darkest moments, a glimmer of light can emerge. Asad began to recognize that his captivity was self-imposed, a result of his own willingness to endure the pain for the sake of an unattainable love. He realized that true liberation lay in letting go, in rediscovering his self-worth and reclaiming his independence.

    Breaking free from the Shackles:

    There comes a defining moment, when ASAD discovers his own value and worth. A realization dawns, marking the end of his time as a silent prisoner. He slowly gathers the strength to confront his oppressor, refusing to remain entangled in an unbalanced relationship any longer. It is a moment of liberation and self-discovery, breaking free from the chains that once bound his heart.

    Embracing Self-Love:

    Asad embarked on a journey of self-discovery and healing. He surrounded him-self with supportive friends and family, seeking solace in his unconditional love. Through therapy and self-reflection, Asad learned to appreciate his own value and understand that a healthy relationship requires reciprocity and mutual respect. He discovered that his happiness was not contingent on someone else’s approval but resided within hisselves.

    The Dawn of Freedom:

    With newfound strength and self-assurance, Asad finally broke free from the emotional chains that had held his captive for so long. He realized that his liberation was not marked by bitterness or resentment but by forgiveness and understanding. Asad forgave his former partner for his selfishness, recognizing that his actions stemmed from his own unresolved issues. By doing so, Asad freed himself from the burden of carrying the weight of the past.

    The Awakening:

    Asad’s realization that he was living in a one-sided relationship marked a pivotal turning point in his life. It was a moment of awakening, where he acknowledged the toxic nature of his situation and mustered the courage to confront his own emotions. It was a painful but necessary step towards breaking free from the chains of his captor.

    Building Inner Strength:

    To embark on his journey towards liberation, Asad recognized the need to build inner strength. He began by cultivating self-care practices that nourished his soul and restored his sense of self. Engaging in activities he enjoyed, such as pursuing hobbies, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in physical exercise, allowed his to reconnect with his own desires and passions.

    Setting Boundaries:

    Asad understood the importance of setting healthy boundaries in relationships. He learned to identify his emotional limits and communicate his needs assertively. By establishing clear boundaries, Asad protected his emotional well-being and prevented his former partner from exploiting his selflessness. This newfound self- advocacy became a powerful tool in reclaiming his freedom.

    Seeking Support:

    Recognizing the need for support, Asad sought out trusted friends, family, or professional counselors who could provide guidance and a safe space for healing. Sharing his experiences and emotions with empathetic listeners allowed Asad to gain perspective, process his pain, and receive validation for his feelings. The support network he built became an anchor during moments of doubt and vulnerability.

    Learning Self-Compassion:

    As Asad embarked on this transformative journey, He learned the importance of self-compassion. He acknowledged that he was not to blame for the one-sided nature of that relationship and that he deserved love and happiness. By practicing self-compassion, Asad developed an inner voice that offered kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, fostering his emotional resilience and empowering his to move forward.

    A New Dawn:

    With time, distance, and personal growth, the concept of liberation finally takes root within the ASAD’s life. As he steps away from the confinements of that toxic relationship, he embarks on a journey to rediscover his self-worth and reclaim the happiness that had long eluded his.

    Embracing New Beginnings:

    With time, Asad’s wounds began to heal, and he started to embrace new beginnings. He reconnected with his own dreams, aspirations, and personal growth. Asad explored new avenues, whether it was pursuing a career change, engaging in creative endeavors, or embarking on new adventures. He discovered that life had so much more to offer beyond the confines of his previous relationship.

    Forgiveness and Letting Go:

    One of the most profound steps in Asad’s journey was learning to forgive his former partner and his-selves. He realized that holding onto resentment and anger only perpetuated his own imprisonment. By forgiving, Asad released the emotional baggage that weighed his down, allowing his to move forward with a renewed sense of freedom and inner peace.

    Embracing Authentic Love:

    Asad’s liberation from the one-sided relationship opened his heart to the possibility of authentic love. He understood that a healthy partnership requires mutual respect, reciprocity, and emotional support. Asad vowed to never settle for anything less than a relationship that celebrated his individuality and embraced his worthiness.

    The Legacy of Resilience:

    Asad’s journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience and self-discovery. Through his experiences, he emerged as a stronger, more compassionate individual. Asad’s story inspires others who may find his-selves in similar circumstances, encouraging his to break free from his own emotional prisons and embark on a path of self-love, growth, and liberation.


     The story of a one-sided, selfish relationship that transforms into a prison reflects a stark reality for many individuals. It serves as a reminder to recognize the signs of emotional captivity and to never compromise one’s self-worth for the sake of love. Breaking free requires tremendous strength, but it enables my friend ASAD to embark on a journey towards self-discovery and genuine happiness, leaving behind the dark chapter of his life forever.

    Asad’s story serves as a powerful reminder that love should be a harmonious dance between two individuals, where both parties contribute to each other’s growth and happiness. One-sided relationships built on selfishness are like prisons, suffocating the spirit and robbing individuals of his autonomy. It is only through self-love, forgiveness, and the courage to let go that one can break free and embrace the boundless possibilities that life has to offer.

    Asad’s transformation from a hostage of a one-sided relationship to a liberated individual showcases the strength of the human spirit. By embracing self-love, setting boundaries, seeking support, and cultivating forgiveness, Asad found the key to unlock his own prison door and embrace a life filled with freedom, happiness, and authentic connections.

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