HG LOVESICK: TOPIC 3 - CHEMICALS THAT CREATE CHEMISTRY
I thought today we could take a break from the sex part of the LOVESICK seriesHG LOVESICK: TOPIC 3 - CHEMICALS THAT CREATE CHEMISTRY
I thought today we could take a break from the sex part of the LOVESICK series and dive into the concept of love you hear people talking love you also here the term "chemistry" as a way to metaphorically describe that mutual feeling of desire, awe, and connection what if I told you it's not that much of a metaphor and that love, aside from being philosophical and poetic, is very much a series of chemical reactions. I found this great article that broke down the science of love 🔬🌡🦠💕Shall we begin?
According to scientists at Rutgers, love can be broken down into three main categories: Lust, Attraction, and Attachment.
Lust is driven by the desire for sexual gratification and governed by the bodies sex hormones: estrogen and testosterone thought estrogen and testosterone are respectively considered female and male, both hormones contribute to your libido. That is why medicine, foods, environmental factors that affect your hormones can also affect your desire to have more or less sex. .
Basic attraction, unlike lust, is driven by the "reward" pathway hormones in the brain: norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin is released when we do something that feels good to us and dopamine are what cause you to feel giddy, euphoric, and restless when you are attracted to someone same chemical creates the "fight or flight" feeling in your brain you see someone you are intensely attracted to your serotonin levels can drop - serotonin drops can affect your mood and appetite and lead to that initial over-infatuation that can happen when you first fall in love. .
Attachment is what creates long-term relationships lust and attraction are limited to "romantic" relationships, attachment manifests in friendships, familial relationships, and many other social intimacies chemicals that govern attachment are oxytocin and vasopressin is chemical that makes you want to cuddle or makes a woman bond with her child.
I got the information for this post from a Harvard university article published on 2/14/2017. DM if you’d like the original link! @healthgeenie #QuarantineShot #WithJay ...read more