Psychological effects of love

Essay by domdeanCollege, UndergraduateA, May 2014

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Love from the psychological perspective

Dominique Dean

California State University San Bernardino


This paper explores six published articles that report on love and the psychological effects of it.The articles used in my research are all from the psychological perspectives of love and how it is viewed amongst us as a society.The goal of this paper was to view love from a different perspective and incorporate research to prove it.Many people believe love is just an emotion but little do they know it is actually triggered in your mind.Chemicals go off in your brain to create euphoria which makes you feel the feeling of love that we all wish for.Love has been corresponded with a chemical in your mind that gives you the same effect as a drug or a reward and alters your behavior.

Chemical effects

Love is seen as an emotion but little do people know it is actually a trigger of multiple chemical going off in the brain."The

passion of love creates feelings of exhilaration and euphoria,of a happiness that is often unbearable and certainly indescribable" (Zeki 2007).Romantic and maternal love is triggered by receptors for ocytocin and vasopressin. Oxytocin and Vasopressin are also effective in learning and memory. Dopamine is also related to love and in the brain it is seen as an reward. It has been said beauty is in the eye of the beholder but in actuality beauty is an intimate anatomical connection between the centres.

Animal like behavior

Just like humans animals share some of the same traits as humans when in love."Courtship behavior in lower mammals share many of the features seen in romantic love"(De Boer,A,Van Buel,E & Ter Horst G 2012).After a study scientist seen that some animals have increased energy,focused...