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view of love relies more on the biological side of the body, and in this case the vagal nerve, which then undermines the importance of excluding love to certain people that categorizes rela- tionships. By measuring the “heart rate in conjunction with breathing rate”, scientists would be able to measure one’s “biological aptitude for love”, also called the “vagal tone” (Fredrickson
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Young 5 118). While measured at rest, vagal tone tends to be “extraordinarily stable over time”, “rhythmi- cally channeling them towards loneliness or societal prosperity, sickness or death” (Fredrickson 119). Through this, it shows that people with higher vagal tones “experience more micro-mo- ments of love”, that allows them to be “exquisitely agile, attuned, and flexible as they navigate the ups and downs of day-to-day life and social exchanges” (119). With discussing the signifi- cance of relationships in regard to vagal tone, it shows that individuals with a higher vagal tone have been found to be more capable of having positivity resonances with others in order to alle- viate the body’s impulse to avoid isolation, as compared to those with lower vagal tones. And by learning how to self-generate love, one can increase their vagal tone, which then gives them the ability to “forge interpersonal connections that give rise to positivity resonance” (Fredrick- son120). Rather than retaining the idea that love should be excluded for others, the importance of the vagal nerve outweighs the importance of relationships, as the vagal nerve is responsible for generating the possibility of an individual having connections with others. Through the explana- tion of vagal nerves and vagal tones, one can see how the importance of relationships is inconse- quential. The current societal norm of love is predominantly controlled by what individuals see on the media, such as movies or social networking. However, as described by Barbara Fredrickson, there is another perspective to the definition of love, one that many do not know of. Rather than seeing love as a simple cause and effect, Fredrickson’s view of love shows that it is a “casual ar- row that instead runs in both directions at once, creating the dynamic and reciprocal casualty that drives self-sustaining trajectories of growth” (Fredrickson 120). Through the importance of posi- tivity resonance and the three biological systems of brain synchronization, oxytocin, and the va-
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Young 6 gus nerve, one can see how “love begets love”, and thus generates the thought that the signifi- cance of relationships in Fredrickson’s view of love is irrelevant.
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  • Fall '09
  • DEMETRAKAREMAN
  • Barbara Fredrickson

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