Chemistry Between Us

Add some dopamine to a pair of beautiful eyes and after blending it with a lock of fragrant hair, stir with a cup of noradrenaline and a pinch of oxytosin… Do we really fall in love like this?

Biological Anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher who has dedicated her entire academic career to find answer to this question explains and proves this universal feeling, which is common to bees, birds, bears and humans, with evolution, survival and the urge to continue one’s blood line.

It was long proven by many scientists like Fisher that love is a chemical thing. Yet, Fisher and her team keeps on presenting results of sustained and comprehensive studies, including the brain scans of people from many age groups who claim to be in love. Search results presented by Fisher, who is today an authority when it comes to romantic love, suggests that the most active region of the brain in love is the caudate nucleus which is the primitive reptilian brain from the early ages of evolution. So, when we feel the butterflies in our stomach that is actually excess dopamine and noradrenaline.

Those who refuse to be convinced with this romance killer scientific approach might ask: Then why do we love one specific person rather than anyone? But wait. The answer to this question lies in four main character types depending on dominant hormones that can be observed not only in humans but in all living creatures in some ways. These four types named as Explorer, Builder, Director and Negotiator by Fisher, are constantly in search of the perfect match for the perfect continuation of their blood line. Fortunately they do that unconsciensly and even cold lab results can’t ruin the magic of romance and love.

Whatever the reason is, we wish you enjoy the love that we share with all living beings to its fullest.

If you want to go for a little more science, here is Helen Fisher’s TED talk.