Science may not be able to explain why we fall in love, but it’s got some interesting explanations of how love affects your body!
When you are in love, you often see ONLY the good in that special someone. You just can’t find anything bad about them, no matter what. This focus on their good side is likely the result of high levels of both dopamine and norepinephrine, two of the chemicals that make you “feel good”.
You know how you remember every bit of your time together? You daydream about that person, picture their face all the time, and replay every word and gesture. That has to do with norepinephrine, the chemical that helps to store memories. When you are in love, being around the other person triggers the release of that neurochemical, causing you to store new memories of that special someone.
Have you ever noticed how going through some trial or tribulation as a couple makes you feel all the more romantically attached to them? This is also due to dopamine. When you have to fight for something and the reward of your efforts is delayed, the neurons in your mid-brain produce a lot more dopamine when you finally receive the reward. This is why you feel that “high” of romantic feelings, of being “closer” to the other person.
Emotional dependency is a very common symptom of being in love. Just like dependency on drugs, alcohol, food, or nicotine, you feel you need that other person to be near you in order to feel happy. You exhibit jealousy, possessiveness, fear of rejection, anxiety, and other signs that are very common among addicts and addictive personalities.
Want a few more scientific explanations of what it means to be in love? Read Part 3…
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