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Transcript of Oregano
All three groups said that they felt passion with the same extreme intensity.
But though romantic love may be universal, its cultural expression is not universal.
To the Fulbe people of northern Cameroon, men who spend too much time with their wives are insulted and looked down on.
Some anthropologists once thought that romance was a Western idea, developed in the Middle Ages.
Non Western societies, they thought , were too occupied with social and family relationships for romance.
Today, scientists believe that romance has existed in human brains in all societies since prehistoric times.
Love : A chemical Reaction? Finding the Right Person
Some psychiatrists, such as Thomas Lewis from the University of California, hypothesize that romantic love is rooted in experiences of physical closeness in childhood-for example, how we felt in our mother's arms.
These feelings of comfort and affection are written on our brain, and as adults our constant inclination is to find them again.
According to this theory, we love whom we love not so much because of the future we hope to build, but rather because of the past we hope to live again.
Those who fall deeply in love are thought to have fallen under a dangerous spell. For the Fulbe, to be controlled by love is seen as shameful.
In India, marriages have traditionally been arranged, usually by the bride and groom's parents, but today love marriages appear to be on the rise, often in defiance of parents' wishes.
The victory of romantic love is celebrated in * Bollywood films.
However, most Indians still believe arranged marriages are more likely to succeed than love marriages.
In one survey of Indian college students, 76 percent said they would marry someone with all the right qualities even if they weren't in love with the person.
Marriage is considered too important a step to leave to chance.