Psychologists have demonstrated that it takes most people between 90 seconds and 4 minutes to decide whether or not they are attracted to another person. It is an almost instant feeling that is caused by a chemical reaction in your brain.
What makes us fall in love with a particular person?
Our brains are actually what entice us to fall in love. Love is one of the most exhilarating of all human emotions, and it is driven by brain chemicals and sexual hormones. Our bodies can become suddenly attracted to someone else based on how our brain responses to the person’s body language and tone of voice. Researchers have demonstrated that it has little to do with the actual content of the conversation.
Love Starts with Lust
Unfortunately, love at first sight is actually lust at first sight. The initial chemical reaction is considered to be more of lusting for each other that is driven by oestrogen and testosterone. It is the first stage our brain goes through when we are interested in someone, and it can lead to love if it is nurtured.
Lust Turns into Attraction
The next stage in love is attraction, which is also caused by a chemical reaction in your brain. Attraction can be broken down into three main neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. In most cases, the feeling of falling in love triggers your stress response, which increases your blood level of norepinephrine (adrenaline). These chemicals can cause your palms to feel sweaty, your mouth to feel dry, and your heart to race.
The release of dopamine during attraction gives you an intense rush or pleasurable feeling that makes you want to spend more time together and the lack of serotonin found in love-struck couples is what makes your brain block out potential issues or problems in the relationship. The entire attraction stage in the relationship changes your natural thought process and is the reason why it takes so many people so long to realize they are in a bad relationship.
Attraction Becomes Attachment
Once you have spent so much time together and the chemical reaction caused by your initial nerves wears off, you will have already become attached to the other person. Researchers believe that there are two critical hormones that inspire this feeling of attachment: vasopressin and oxytocin.
Vasopressin and oxytocin are both powerful hormones that women and men produce when they have an orgasm. They are sometimes referred to as the cuddle hormones and they are released to strengthen the couple’s bond after having sexual intercourse. A couple’s bond will become stronger the more often they have sex. The same theory also explains why so many couples seem to fall out of love once they stop making love.
Lust, attraction, and attachment can all cloud our better judgement because we are not directly in control of how our brain will react to another human being. This brain science doesn’t mean that love isn’t real or valid. The chemical reactions shouldn’t be strong enough to keep two people together if the relationship is lacking trust, compassion, and commitment. In most cases, your brain is a good judge of character and will connect you with someone that can transform the chemical reaction into a true love for each other.