the symptoms of passionate love resemble those of addiction is it possible they

The symptoms of passionate love resemble those of

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the “symptoms” of passionate love resemble those of addiction is it possible they activate the same regions of the brains? don’t they??? Brain Study had people bring in pictures of their “beloved” then researchers had pictures of another person relatively similar looking at the ventral tegmental area (VTA) -- reward area of our brain found that when the person is looking at their “beloved” the VTA lights up, while looking at the other picture of similar person does not suggests that passionate love may have evolved to promote partner choice, which helps to conserve time and energy associated with courtship if you’re passionately in love with someone, you focus on that person and ignore others. Can be overwhelming if our brain is constantly activated by the same stimuli, so… we habituate we start to feel less passionate about the same person over time ( passionate love lasts around 6 months - 2 years ) How can we keep the “fire” going? maintaining passion requires effort novelty matters ( newness ) some couples are able to maintain feelings of passionate love for decades these people say their partners are still full of surprises still find partner very interesting and intriguing people who reported that they did/sought out new activities on a regular basis, reported more passion in their relationship regardless of how long they had been together continually introduce yourself to new aspects of partner Hormones & Passionate Love nerve growth factor (NGF) - chemical compound found in the body 11
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regulates synaptic plasticity and neural survival elevated when people are passionately in love ( brains are younger when we’re in love) cortisol “stress hormone” immunosuppressant (more likely to get sick) cortisol levels are higher when passionately in love BUT doesn’t seem to have the negative repercussions when people have chronically high cortisol levels otherwise Companionate Love “…the affection and tenderness we feel for those with whom our lives are deeply intertwined” based on a deep sense of friendship involves companionship and enjoyment of shared activities or interests built on a foundation of admiration, trust, and respect sex is less intense and plays a less central role for companionate lovers women report higher levels of companionate love successful relationships go from passionate love to companionate love what makes a marriage last? “my spouse is my best friend” “I like my spouse as a person” it’s not about loving them, is about liking them Neural and Hormonal Level: activates the areas of the brain associated with caregiving tied to vasopressin and oxytocin Love over Time passionate love tends to decrease over time companionate love increases over time because it relies on intimacy processes at least initially
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