What Happens In The Brain When You Fall In Love?
Fellow learners and teachers,
Our psychology class is back!
Today, we are asking the question, “What happens in the brain when you fall in love”?
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Love is something so many of us relate to.
It comes in a variety of ways to us.
But for today, we are going to focus on romantic variety of it.
The kind you feel, attracted to somebody else other than your family or friend.
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As it is always said, romantic love involves a series of complex changes in the reward system of the brain which makes us want more the object of our affection!
But, how does this science all fit in and work?
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According to a publication at Harvard Medical School, it is said that, “when we are falling in love, chemicals associated with the reward circuit flood our brain, producing a variety of physical and emotional responses—racing hearts, sweaty palms, flushed cheeks, feelings of passion and anxiety.
Levels of the stress hormone cortisol increase during the initial phase of romantic love, marshaling our bodies to cope with the “crisis” at hand. As cortisol levels rise, levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin become depleted.
Low levels of serotonin precipitate what Schwartz described as the “intrusive, maddeningly preoccupying thoughts, hopes, terrors of early love”—the obsessive-compulsive behaviors associated with infatuation”.
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“Being love-struck also releases high levels of dopamine, a chemical that “gets the reward system going,” said Olds.
Dopamine activates the reward circuit, helping to make love a pleasurable experience similar to the euphoria associated with use of cocaine or alcohol.”
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Now, serotonin is a chemical that carries messages between nerve cells in the brain and throughout your body!
Other chemicals at work during romantic love are oxytocin and vasopressin, hormones that have roles in pregnancy, nursing, and mother-infant attachment.
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Released during sex and heightened by skin-to-skin contact, oxytocin deepens feelings of attachment and makes couples feel closer to one another after having sex.
Oxytocin, known also as the love hormone, provokes feelings of contentment, calmness, and security, which are often associated with mate bonding.
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Vasopressin is linked to behavior that produces long-term, monogamous relationships.
Vasopressin is a hormone scientifically known to play essential roles in the control of the body’s osmotic balance, blood pressure regulation, sodium homeostasis, and kidney functioning.
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The phrase “love is blind” is a very familiar one, right?
This is why, according to Schwartz.
Brace yourself….it gets really scientific and botanic from here on out;
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“In addition to the positive feelings romance brings, love also deactivates the neural pathway responsible for negative emotions, such as fear and social judgment.
These positive and negative feelings involve two neurological pathways. The one linked with positive emotions connects the prefrontal cortex to the nucleus accumbens, while the other, which is linked with negative emotions, connects the nucleus accumbens to the amygdala.
When we are engaged in romantic love, the neural machinery responsible for making critical assessments of other people, including assessments of those with whom we are romantically involved, shuts down. “That’s the neural basis for the ancient wisdom ‘love is blind”!
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In our second part of our class (What Happens In The Brain When You Fall In Love? ),
We will be looking at love that lasts a long time.
For example, how is it that some people remain strongly in love decades after they have been together in marriage?
Or, what makes couples that haven’t even been together for two years, fall so quickly out of love?
Talking about the job….
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So interesting! Nothing feels like being in love, and it’s no wonder seeing how the brain reacts to it. The body is so amazingly designed!
Such an amazing article and this is one of the proofs that the human body was uniquely designed by God. He truly made amazing works!
It’s amazing how complex our brain is. I knew of some of these hormones released, but a lot of this was new to me.
Ivan Carlo Jose
I’ve heard that the brain releases happy hormones when we are in love, so that explains the blissful feeling.
Rose Ann Sales
This is so interesting! It’s amazing how our brain works, falling inlove is one of the best feelings and our brain is the one who send signals to feel it!
This is interesting to know. I’ve always wondered how our brain works. Thank you for sharing!
It’s incredible what goes on in the brain when falling in love!
Love is a beautiful thing
The brain is some interesting thing to learn about and am seeing my self love psychology.It is a science yet a thought it is an art all along.Thanks for sharing
😂😂 I’m glad to know you’re converted now.
It’s really interesting to know what goes on in the brain when you fall in love, great post!
It certainly is a great sensation to fall in love. It’s interesting to hear about how the body works.
The science behind love is so interesting! I didn’t know about all of these things.
Brains and hormones are very interesting. Sometimes I want to become a scientist and be able to discover such amazing things.
It is fascinating to think about how the brain comes together and how information
This is great information. It is good for all body parts when positive hormones are released
Ooooooo, I always felt love put you in an different state of mind. Now this proves it.
I have never fallen in love with someone but it was so interesting to know
Love has many shades and Each of them is different for everyone. Good writeup.
Love is lovely! The chart highlighting the brain when in love is really cool.
Such a wonderful article to read, it’s very informative and essential! Being in love has so many benefits to the body especially to our brain as stated above! So people must always be in love to get these amazing benefits!
😍😂😂 literally, yes!
Geemiz Travel Blog
Nothing beats the feeling of being in love. All I know is when you love someone in any form (friendly, sibling, romantic) all good things happen. And this is a very good scientific explanation to that.
It’s lovely to see where it all happens! Often we think of love as just a feeling – but it’s more than that! There are chemicals and actions behind Love too!
This was an interesting read. We all want to know what happens to our brains when we fall in love. It’s beautiful as love is also beautiful. Can’t wait for part 2.
I read a book about this years ago and its so fascinating to me.
The brain is so interesting! I learned a lot from this post.
khoingn | The Broad Life
This post is interesting! Life is nothing without love.
And that’s why I could say that’s really important to fall in love or being in love, it is truly a great medicine to a lot of sickness 🙂 – Knycx Journeying
Angela Ricardo Bethea
What an interesting and educational post. Definitely learned something new about this and it’s fascinating.
The brain is such an interesting organ. It’s amazing how much goes on in there in all that squishy gray stuff. Even falling in love comes down to chemicals and signals.