Originally Posted by SchrodingersCat
I can see where he was coming from, though. When many (most, even) people say it, they do expect it to be returned.
If I ever told someone I loved them and I didn't expect it back, I would explicitly say that in my delivery. "I don't expect you to return this unless you really really mean it, and I won't be hurt or offended if you don't. But I just want you to know, I love you."
Like I said, I was naive, having been through that pressure (i.e. prompting) myself, I hated it and have never done that to anyone.
There was a lot of dishonesty in that relationship though so the love thing was just the icing on the cake.