What is Love?


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LOVE-love-32129178-500-375.jpg     Have you loved before?  This doesn't necessarily have to mean a boyfriend.  It could be family members, friends etc.  We all probably think love is just an emotion and it just happens.  Well this isn't true.  When you're in love, there are different chemicals released in your body.  
    According to this article about love after doing an MRI on a person's brain, they realized just showing a picture of the person they loved automatically reduced stress and depression. Now we may wonder, why do we get those feelings of sweaty hands, red cheeks and our body temperature seems to go through the roof when we see the person we love or are falling in love with or maybe simply have a crush on.  This is your body going through a biochemical rush of dopamine and other chemicals that are similar to amphetamines.  When falling in love or when in love your dopamine levels increase which results in increased energy, less need for sleep and food in addition to highly focused attention.  
    Do you know people that just tend to jump from one relationship to another?  Scientists seem to think that this kind of person has become addicted to the chemicals produced when falling in love.  In the sense of a long term relationship, the presence of one's partner stimulates endorphins in the brain.  These are the biochemicals that are a naturally occurring pain killer in the body.  
    The saying "Love is Blind" was said to be proven true by scientists.  We idolize the ones we love and tend to overlook their flaws.  This respect of accepting someone even with their flaws is the result of a long term relationship.  As time goes on the chemicals being produced diminish, however they are replaced with other deeper emotions.
   "Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit." -- Peter Ustinov

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That final quote really got me. I never would've connected such a strong a emotion with scientific explanations, but I'm learning through this class literally EVERYTHING has some type of science background to it. In your final paragraph about how love can drive people to overlook flaws caught my attention. This could be an explanation as to why people get stuck in abusive relationships. When we hear stories about domestic violence, the solution seems simple. BREAK UP WITH HIM YOU IDIOT! Well, maybe it's not that simple at all. Further research into these "deeper emotions" could possibly be the solution to violence within relationships, but is that unethical? Would anyone even believe the findings anyways?

At first, I thought this was going to be a mundane entry, but after reading through the whole entry, it's quite interesting! Love can definitely engender more energy in one's body. Therefore the person does not sleep as much nor eat as much. It is important to note, that love changes the way we think. This study by Dr Donatella Marazziti, a psychiatrist at the University of Pisa advertised for twenty couples who'd been madly in love for less than six months. She wanted to see if the brain mechanism that cause you to always think about your lover, were related to the brain mechanisms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder By analysing blood samples from the lovers, Dr Marazitti discovered that serotonin levels of new lovers were equivalent to the low serotonin levels of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder patients. Therefore, lack of sleeping and eating could be cause because of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. One would hate to believe so. What do you think?

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