What happens in our brain and body when we fall in love?
Dopamine is an extremely important part of the picture. It is at much higher levels in those in love. Dopamine is key to our experiences of pleasure and pain, linked to desire, addiction, euphoria, and a surge may cause such acute feelings of reward that it makes love hard to give up.
Studies have shown that taking opioid drugs such as cocaine have a similar effect on dopamine levels in the brain as love does.
Functional MRI studies have been done to identify regions of the brain that are activated and deactivated by love. Here comes the really interesting part. When a person is in love, the frontal cortex, essential to judgement and decision-making, practically shuts down. Other areas shut down include the amygdala,which controls fear, and the mid temporal cortex, which controls negative emotions.
Prof Zeki believes the brain may behave in this way for ‘higher biological purposes’ – it makes reproduction more likely. If judgment is suspended, the most unlikely pair can get together and reproduce. Someone in love will still be capable of making other major decisions in their lives, from striking a business deal to choosing a new mortgage.
One result of rising dopamine levels is a reduction in the hormone serotonin,which is important in maintaining mood and appetite. This is why love can make you feel anxious and jittery at times. Interestingly, the same symptoms occur in OCD – Love can be thought of as a mild, temporary obsessive behavior.
Other hormones, such as adrenaline and oxytocin, are an important part of the picture – Adrenaline can cause two people to fall madly in love, while oxytocin seems to increase empathy and communication in a relationship. A hormone called vasopressin seems to serve a similar function.
Three Brain Systems At Work in Mating and Reproduction
- Lust – Primarily mediated by the sex hormone testosterone
- Romantic Love – Primarily mediated by dopamine ( “pleasure” hormone )
- Attachment/Bonding – Mediated by oxytocin and vasopressin
All that happens in the body are fluctuations in certain hormones mentioned above, “stomach butterflies” at times, and an increase in heart rate. All these are side-effects of the brain’s response to love.
Khudi Ko kar buland itna , ki khuda bhi aake puche , bata kya hai Raaz teri Raza ka”
Love is a natural feeling , so before I answer the main question , let’s science the shit out of it
- Love and feelings are under our body hormone called Dopamine
- It is the same hormone , due to which you feel more happier that people like your posts ( oh yeah )
- And it is the same hormone , getting us toxicated to Drinking and Smoking ( Wonder why breakups and addiction problems connect ? )
- So now back to the question , you can see that love is same thing which has to *controlled* by our own mind . If feelings enter your mind , it is possible to leave such feelings and start over . But boy oh boy , is it that easy ?
- You will always fear rejection because you genuinely are in love and you don’t want the things to get messed up. So if the proposal is denied , it’s affects your mental well being , thus your body doesn’t want to take chances for denial .
- The last thing from my input would be “ Make life simple , tell the person you love , discuss things out “ or in Zakir Khan’s words “ rumaal rakh Lena “ . Because if it’s meant to happen , it will happen
- Thank you for patiently reading and would appreciate by upvoting if you agree too !
- First of all there is a sympathetic drive with all the feelings like heart racing (palpitations) or butterflies in the stomach (increased gut motility). Then as the intimation progresses there is a release of certain endorphins/neurotransmitters/hormones such as dopamine, oxytoxin and vasopressin.Well thats all i know love does:)
P.s. I think considering the cognitive decline a person goes through as “THE LOVE” progresses i think it also does something with Acetylcholine (Anecdotally speaking).