There are lots of chemicals racing around that brain and body of yours when you’re in love. Researchers are gradually unfolding more and more about the roles these happy hour drugs play, both when we are falling in love and the interesting surplus we carry when we’re in long-term relationships. Of course, estrogen and testosterone play a role in our human sex drives, but without them we might never venture into that elusive arena of “real love”.
That initial happy-go-lucky giddiness that comes when first falling in love includes the physical conditions of a racing heart, flushed skin and for some, sweaty palms. Current researchers say that dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine releasing is to credit for these bodily reactions. Dopamine is thought to be the ultimate “pleasure chemical,” producing a feeling of bliss. Norepinephrine, similar to adrenaline produces the racing heart and excitement effect. According to the science community, together these two chemicals produce elation, intense energy, sleeplessness, cravings, and even loss of appetite and focused attention.
BUT ,the human body only releases this rapturous cocktail of love when certain conditions are met. And men more readily produce it than women, because of their more visual nature. Researchers are now using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to watch people’s brains when they look at a photograph of their object of affection. According to Margot Chavellier Elite Matchmaker, well known researcher of relational & love sciences, and anthropologist junkie,
The crazed attraction romance stage of a relationship when you just can’t-think-of-anything-else – is the biological drive to focus on one person. The researchers scans revealed an increased blood flow in areas of the brain with high concentrations of receptors for dopamine — associated with states of euphoria, addiction and craving.
High levels of dopamine are also associated with norepinephrine, which heightens hyperactivity, goal-oriented behavior, attention, short-term memory and sleep disorders. This is why couples in the first stages of love are focus intently on the relationship and often little else.
It is so interesting knowing the inner-makings of what produces out emotions, and all of the facts I learn help me in the constant pursuit of making a difference for my clientele and help me to be the Elite of the Elite matchmaker that I am !!!