The science behind falling in love
Ever wondered why our heart skips a beat every time our crush walks past us? What makes us fancy a certain someone? Why our lust knows no bounds when it comes to the one we are attracted to? While we like to believe in the notion of love at first sight, in actuality there is more to love than meets the eye. There is whole lot of science involved behind people falling in love and lust.
Psychologists have shown that it takes about 90 seconds to 4 minutes for every individual to decide if they fancy someone. In total twelve areas of the brain work together to release chemicals and hormones that induce the feeling of falling in love every time we set our eyes on our prospective partner. From feeling euphoric to getting that funny feeling of having butterflies in the stomach; these feelings are a result of dopamine rush (the feel good hormone) being triggered in our bodies that ultimately leads to instigating the feeling of love in us.
So what exactly is dopamine? It is basically a neurotransmitter that helps in the transmission of signals in the brain and other vital areas. In simpler terms, it is the molecule responsible for all our lustful, sinful and romantic behaviour and cravings. Since it is a brain chemical associated with excitement and pleasure, when people focus on their object of affection, a whole host of brain part starts to light up. What starts as lust, slowly develops into attraction and eventually ends up in attachment. Thus dopamine plays a very crucial role in humans experiencing the three important stages of love.
So does love at first sight really exist? Yes, if we believe the psychologists. As per the studies conducted by them, men are more visual in their thinking and so are more likely to feel instant sparks compared to women who generally take more time to develop the feeling of trust in their partners. Also, when people are seeking new experiences in life they are most likely to feel the rush of romantic love. Reason being, new experiences trigger the release of dopamine in the brain and make people feel overwhelmed by the feeling of energy and ecstasy- feelings that are usually associated with love.
Feeling happy when in love is okay but how do we know if the love that is making our world go round is for real? There is a tiny bit of science involved in that as well and learning about it can make our love life a cake walk. As per researchers, when we have successfully passed through all the three stages of love, namely lust, attraction and attachment; a feeling of satisfaction takes over. This feeling is again a result of dopamine release in our bodies. Thanks to this feel-good-chemical, while other feelings may be fleeting, the feeling of love stays for a longer period of time thus making us long for our partner more than ever. The feeling grows stronger with each passing day and that is how we realise that what started as a mere attraction has grown into a full-fledged feeling of affection, care and unending love.
So next time when love come calling be aware that though it may appear as nature’s perfect happy plan to make us meet our special someone, in reality it is our brain and body that is working overtime to help us meet the one who truly deserve our love.
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