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Lauren Coulter

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Transcript of Love

What is Love?
By definition, love is an intense feeling of deep affection.

The Chemical makeup of love
The brain sends signals when you're in love. The neurotransmitters sent are what make you have that loving feeling.
The Chemicals of Lust
The Chemicals of Attraction
The Chemicals of Attachment
The Aspects of Falling in Love

A persons natural smell
sound of voice
indicator of health
immune system linked to body odor
combination of different genetics promote strong immune system
creates mental image
gives insight to physical characteristics
can detect personality, socioeconomic status,mental state of mind, trustworthiness

feeling of familiarity
The Mere Exposure effect: people become more attracted to each other the more they are exposed
Men VS Women
waist to shoulder ratio
broad shoulders, relatively narrow waist,taller
masculine facial features = increased testosterone levels
traits equate with higher social status, dominance and protection
fuller lips, smaller nose and chin,high forehead, narrow jaw and high cheek bones
long hair = sufficient nutrition
shorter, symmetrical bodies, low waist to hip ratio
Facial Symmetry
important to both men and women
relates to developmental stability and genetic health
indication of fewer genetic and environmental challenges
Different Types of Love
Storge love is "foundness through familiarity"
Is able to rise above dicriminating factors
Friendships of this love may turn into romantic relationships
Ideal love for a soul mate
When you love some uncondtionally regardless of circumstance
Usually felt between a person and their God
A sacrificial kind of love
The expression "I'd take a bullet for you" is representative of this love
Strong bond between two people
Nowadays true friendship is harder to find since we live in such a narcissistic society
Can be converted into love, but not into infatuation
With friendship comes the potential for cliqueyness, anti-authoritarianism and pride
Testosterone and Estrogen
Sex hormones produced by everyone
Estrogen and testosterone levels are high in adolescents, due to puberty
Creates initial sexual and physical attraction during lust stage, based mainly on appearance
Causes people to be "blinded" by someones good looks, and usually don't realize the persons true personality.
The "cuddle chemical"
Creates a stronger bond/attachment to between you and your partner
Released by touching
Oxytocin levels peak during sex
Also plays a major role in child birth
Trust, social recognition, and anxiety
Vasopressin (ADH)
Also released during sex
Studies have found that if levels of Vasopressin is decreased, the person is most likely to abandon their lover and immediately start looking for a new one
Sexual motivation, social behaviour, and pair bonding
Used in the kidneys to control thirst, constrict blood vessels, and help in the production of urine
Synthesized in the hypothalamus and stored in the posterior pituitary
Dopamine and Phenylethylamine
Enjoyment and pleasure
Released during activities that naturally feel good to people, such as eating and sleeping
Head over heals, or love struck
Increase in energy, meaning you can without as much food and sleep
Active when you can't stop daydreaming about someone
Memory, learning, and mood-regulation
An imbalance in Serotonin can cause depression
When found in venomous insects, causes pain
Norepinephrine (Adrenaline)
Sweaty palms, butterflies in stomach, and mouth goes dry
Blood level rises and heart rate increases
Adrenaline rush
Fight or flight
Released from the adrenal medulla
Emotional attraction
Passionate and intense love that inhibits deep romantic feelings
Triggers "high" feelings in a new relationship
Focuses more on the self than the other person
Love vs Lust
Want to always be with them, talk to them, and share your feelings with them
Motivation to be a better person
Sexual desire for eachother
Main focus is on face and body
Relationship based off of sex
Friends and lovers
Relationship Keys
Spend time together
Keep mystery and excitement
Common Reasons for Breaking Up
When you are finding yourself bored in the relationship and feel like you need something different
Want more comfort
Stop trying to impress each other, as you have already seen them at their worst
The excitement and surprise wears off
baby don't hurt me...
Love Mapping
Love mapping is a concept created by John Money to help people with their love life by discussing why they like the type of people they do.
Love maps pay attention to details such as physiognomy, build, race, colour, temperament, and manner.
Dysfunctional Relationships
Signs of Dysfunctional Relationship
Partners are almost always arguing or fighting with each other, and an agreement is often never reached.
Arguments over small things break out
Things that might have happened months ago to a year ago can be brought back up in a fight.
Terrified your partner might leave you
While things are going well, you're waiting to find out what's actually happening behind your back
You're not sure what to say to your partner or how to approach a conversation, because you never know what kind of mood they're in how how they'll react.
Loss of optimism
The feeling of being oppressed
Giving up
Why do we stay in dysfunctional relationships?
People lose their feelings, and eventually just accept the fact that their partner is hurting them.
The submissive partner does whatever they can to make their partner happy and avoid confrontation.
What you're used to
Many people find comfort in habit, even if their relationship isn't working
The sense of comfort and familiarity
Fear of change
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