The Science of Love

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science of love_lrgThe science behind love is inexplicable. We call it love, and feel it but here you will read the “behind the scenes” of what love actually is and  what it actually does to us.

In the end of it all, love is nature’s way of keeping humans alive and reproducing. We can thank our brain for this beautiful sensation as the mixture of chemicals we exude is our brain’s way of swaying us to the ones we admire most.

Love comes alive in three stages:
Lust, attraction and attachment. The first stage is feelings driven from sex hormones in both men and women. Within minutes of meeting your mate, your brain has already established a connection or not. This is just the beginning.

Stage two, attraction, is when you are completely love-struck and can barely think of anything else. This is where it is believed that three main neurotransmitters are involved: Adrenaline, Dopamine and Serotonin. (See there is more to love than you think!).

Adrenaline:
The initial stage of falling for someone that activates your stress response, this has the ever-so-charming effect of sweating, heart racing and mouth dryness as you meet and greet your admirer.

Dopamine:
A brain stimulant that increases energy, lessens need for sleep or food and focuses attention on the littlest details that have occurred in this new relationship that is about to blossom. It is considered to have the same effects as cocaine!

Serotonin:
This chemical reaction is one of love’s most important factors – it may just explain why your new lover keeps popping up in your mind. This also may be the reason for feeling occasionally depressed and anxious when you are away from your partner for too long.

FACT:
The serotonin levels of a new love were equivalent to the low serotonin levels of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder patients.

In a way, newly smitten lovers often idolize their partner, sharing their virtues and flaws, they become accepting of each other and therefore enter the final stage of love – attachment.

This is the common phase of love where couples have been together long enough to build a life together like having a family. There are two major hormones involved, Oxytocin and Vasopressin. Both hormones deepen the feeling of love between couples after sexual intercourse, over time – the closeness cements the strong bond. Oxytocin is also evident after a mother gives birth to her child, a love felt like no other.

And there you have the science of love, the reasons to why we feel so strongly for that special someone, it’s something you can’t fake – even if you tried. Enjoy, embrace and celebrate the love chemistry you’ve found!

Referenced by:
Your Amazing Brain – Website:
http://www.youramazingbrain.org.uk/lovesex/sciencelove.htm
Kevin Dillon, Contributing Writer at Suite 101:
copyright @ http://www.suite101.com/content/the-science-of-love-a302336
Scientific American Magazine:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-it-hurts-to-be-away
How Stuff Works – Website:
http://people.howstuffworks.com/love6.htm

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