Facts about Romantic Love
1. Timing is everything. An individual is more likely to fall in love when they are in an adventurous mindset, restless, lonely, or financially prepared. Similarly, people who meet in a dangerous situation are more likely to fall in love than had they met in a boring situation.
2. The time taken to judge your feelings on a person is estimated to be four minutes. The feelings formed in a first impression are believed to be more related to tone, body language, and the speed of speaking than to what is being said. Happiness is contagious, studies have found. This makes is hard not to fall in love with someone who is happy.
3. Women are generally drawn to men with a strong sense of humour because humor is associated with honesty and intelligence.In long term relationships, people usually favour an attractive face over and attractive body. The reverse is true for short term relationships. There is a thing called `frustration attraction´ which means that a person will become even more attracted to someone who rejects them, or only want what they can’t have.
4. Falling in love can increase nerve growth in the body for about a year, because of the calming effect it has on the body and mind. Cocaine use and falling in love have the same neurological effects on the body, causing a sense of euphoria and stimulating 12 areas of the brain.Holding hands with a loved one has been found to alleviate both stress and fear, and physical pain.
5. The most likely time to break up is 3-5 months in to a relationship.
6. During cuddling, the brain releases oxytocin. Oxytocin is a natural pain killer which can reduce headaches and stress for 4 hours.
7. In the early stages of love, a person’s physiological symptoms are comparable to those of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In both, the brain shows decreased levels of serotonin-associated with peace- and increased levels of cortisol-associated with stress.
8. When you fall for someone, your body produces adrenaline-the fight or flight hormone. This is what is responsible for the feeling of butterflies in your stomach.
9. Feelings of lust activate the hypothalamus (hunger and thirst) and amygdala (arousal) areas of the brain, while feelings of love activate areas of the brain with high concentrations of dopamine receptors (associated with euphoria, addiction, and craving). Chemicals associated with attachment love, oxytocin and vasopressin, are suppressed by testosterone. Testosterone levels decrease when a man holds a baby.
10. Men tend to feel loved when they work, talk, or play side by side with their partner. Alternately, women tend to feel more close when talking face to face. When two people in love look into each other’s eyes, their heart rates will actually fall into synchronization. This takes about three minutes.
1. Is it true that the situation in which two people meet affects their likelihood of falling love? (yes)
2. Name a factor that affects someone’s likelihood of finding love. (feelings of adventurousness, restlessness, loneliness, financial capability)
3. How long does it take to make a first impression? (4 minutes)
4. What quality makes someone almost irresistible? (happiness)
5. Humour is associated with what qualities? (honesty and intelligence)
6. What is it called when you want what you can’t have? (frustration attraction)
7. New love is similar to what drug? (cocaine)
8. Stress and pain alleviation can be helped by what? (holding hands)
9. When is the most likely time to break up? (3-5 months in)
10. Oxytocin is released when? (cuddling)
11. What does oxytocin do? (pain relief)
12. How is new love similar to OCD? (increased cortisol, decreased serotonin)
13. What is cortisol linked to? (stress)
14. Butterflies in your stomach are caused by what chemical? (adrenaline)
15. Testosterone suppresses what chemicals? (oxytocin, vasopressin)
16. What decreases testosterone? (holding a baby)
17. Men feel more feelings of love and closeness when? (side by side)
18. The time taken for lovers heart beats to synchronize through eye contact is what? (3 minutes)
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