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SLAP Presentation - What is love?
Transcript of SLAP Presentation - What is love?
Definition The Physiology
of Love Love in Animals Our Definitions of Love wh “Love is the constellation of behaviours, cognitions, and emotions associated with a desire to enter or maintain a close relationship with a specific other person.” Categories Styles Behaviours Attitudes "Love is both an emotion AND a predisposition to have an emotion." "The dominant definition of love in our culture is feminised." "Identifying love with expressing feelings is biased towards the way women prefer to behave in a relationship." Lust Romance Long Term
Attachment ◈ Primordial drive for sex
◈ Driven by testosterone
◈ Does not seek a mate but a physical encounter Phase of love which Plato called ‘a madness’ Individuals in this stage have high levels of:
♥ Phenylethylamine (PEA): referred to as the ‘love molecule’
★ Dopamine: mobilizes you to recognise, seek and pursue pleasure
★ Noradrenaline: stimulates the sympathetic nervous systems. In 2000, 2 British Neuroscientists, Bartel and Zeki, performed MRIs on 17 students who reported being in love.
Study: MRIs when students were shown pictures of the faces of their lovers vs. MRIs when they were shown faces of their friends. Result:
◈ When shown their beloved’s face, the area of the brain called the Caudate nucleus ‘lit’ up.
◈ Concluded that there is "a close neural link between romantic love and euphoric states." Recent research has shown that two neurohormones are elevated in those who have bonded in love for many years.
♥ Oxytocin: A chemical that helps mothers bond emotionally to her newborn and is also released when humans hold hands or snuggle.
♥ Vasopressin: Critical in long term bonding in rodents and primates.
Bartels and Zeki (2003):
Long term attachment of love activates brain receptors rich in oxytocin and vasopressin. Conclusion Current scientific research on the physiology of romantic love shows that primitive areas of the brain is correlated with reward and pleasure are the same as those activated when we are smitten with love. Love Quotes 1960s Love Quotes Love is... Thanking her for coming into your life Love is... Stealing a kiss when you stop at a red light Love is... Going out for a pizza when she is too tired to cook Love is... Carefully combing his hair over a thinning patch Modern Love Quotes "Love is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel it."
"Love starts with a SMILE, Grows with a KISS, and ends with a TEAR."
"A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left." Love Quotes Game!! "To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes courage; because we don't want to fall on our faces or leave ourselves open to hurt." Madonna “A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.” Quote 1 Quote 2 “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” Quote 3 Mother Teresa “Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” Quote 4 John Lennon “As long as you know most men are like children, you know everything.” Quote 5 Coco
Chanel “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.
In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering.
As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” Quote 6 Bruce Lee Jane Goodall: seeing the “sunken eyes” of the chimpanzee Flint as he grieved the loss of his mother Flo.
Konrad Lorenz: notes how the grieving eyes of a goose sinks back into his head.
Jody McConnery: writes about how the orphaned gorillas lose the “light” in their eyes and they die. EYES TELL IT ALL! Animals do experience different feelings like compassion and sympathy.
A red fox buried her mate.
A group of elephants would wait for a crippled elephant (named Baby), even though they knew she did not have much to offer them.
Challenge the conception that caring for the dead is a human concept.
Prove that animals other than human do have compassion. According to Bekoff... Proposal of penguins
Male penguin searches the perfect pebble and place in front of his lover.
If the female penguin picks it up, it means she accept the proposal! Animals use objects for courting Swans
Monogamous pair bonds last for many years, in some cases even last for life
Two swans swim with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart - symbol of love
Return to same place with the same partner no matter how far it travels
Pair bonds form over several years and will last for a lifetime
Have simple but affectionate ritual dances If love is exhibited through committed, long term, monogamous relationships.
11 animals that mate for life – Gibbons, swans, black vultures, French angelfish, wolves, albatrosses, termites, prairie voles, turtle doves and bald eagles “Love” in animals Mating ritual in dolphins
Dolphins gives their beloved algae bouquet to express love. Are there other ways of showing we care?
Is our perception of love culturally-defined?
Can one’s love language change over time?
Would knowing someone’s love language impact how we treat them? Questions to Ponder Appreciates:
Pats on the back
Holding hands #5 Physical Touch
(Not what you think!) Appreciates:
Helping out with chores or burdens
Generating more work #4 Acts of Service Appreciates:
Thought, effort and love put into the gift
Absence of everyday gestures #3 Gifts Appreciates:
Full, undivided attention
Failure to listen particularly hurtful #2 Quality Time Appreciates:
All about compliments that are not sought after
Verbalization of care and reasons why
Insults – Not easily forgotten #1 Words of Affirmation Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Physical Touch The Five Love Languages Please answer the quiz as truthfully and accurately as possible.
Answers not collected. The Five Love Languages Quiz Hates:
Abuse So how do we define it? The answer? It's probably written down in front of you =)