See, doesn't that sound docile? We like docile in these situations.
Needing time for yourself doesn't mean you don't like the person you're dating
Last but not least, let's talk about guilt. It's the thing that stops us from having these critical conversations, and forces us to wallow in a shameful puddle of sadness and suffocation.
Wanting space does NOT mean you don't like this person! There is nothing to feel guilty about here. This is you, making it work with someone you really like.
Having your own life doesn't mean you're not relationship material. Quite the contrary! Being self-sufficient gives you the stability a healthy relationship requires.
There is no reason to freak out and convince yourself that your feelings are lukewarm because you'd rather watch an episode of Homeland than hang out with your new girlfriend tonight.