A Scientific View Of Falling In Love

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Why Do We Fall In Love?

Falling in love is exactly the same phenomenon as getting addicted to cocaine, having an orgasm, going bungee-jumping or watching a scary or erotic movie. What they all have in common is a strong surge of dopamine in certain neurons of the brain, that make us feel really good and motivated to engage in the same behavior again. Love could be classified as an addiction, and when you have this rapid surge of dopamine, your critical thinking areas of the brain such as the prefrontal cortex are suppressed, meaning you make foolish and irrational decisions since it feels good, and you are unable to think clearly as is. The heart simply follows the brain's electrical activity, causing it to race at the sight of the loved one and pump out more blood to the "feel-good" areas of the brain.  It has no direct relation to the "emotion" or feeling of love, just the increased heartrate and palpitations that you would experience with any novel or addictive activity. 


Submitted: January 02, 2021

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Noreen

Hmmm...then your wife must be your personal cocaine, addiction, bungee cord, and sometimes even a scary movie! Lol!

I feel that it’s deeper than that. Love is something which can be felt far beyond any addiction or dopamine rush. It’s an undeniable vibration of energy that is felt in the core of your heart. Just ask children, they naturally gravitate where they feel this sense of warmth and compassion before they’re given any strict definitions of what love is.

Sat, January 2nd, 2021 6:09am

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True. Physiology is intricately linked with energy of all sorts, electrical energy, mechanical energy, thermal energy and so on. So there seems to be a "parallel existence" of all sorts going on with any given person at any given time. Everyone has their own aura of electromagnetic fields around them. Guess I just focused on the purely biological and physiological aspects of the process, as the title indicated, based on my own background training in the hard sciences. Thank you for the kind review and comment!

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Sat, January 2nd, 2021 10:08am

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