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Essays on Love

Love can be defined in an infinite amount of words and it can have different meanings to every single person. Mandy Len Catron touches upon how love is an action, a choice, how it’s pliable, and something for which we can create the right conditions of trust and intimacy. On the other, Helen Fisher’s concept of love is affiliated with brain chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in which her thesis states that romantic love is a fundamental human mating drive. These two concepts and thesis are explored and analyzed by getting a better understanding of love and the reasons behind why we choose to fall in love. I disagree with the notion that love is a chemical reaction and the fundamental human mating drive, I believe that love is a choice.

Love and Sacrifice Theme in The Nightingale and the Rose
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The tale highlights the selflessness and purity of true love and the futility of mere attraction. It asserts that to truly love one needs purity if heart and sincerity of emotions. The story begins inside a garden where a young boy is lost in his thoughts and remonstrating his poverty and poor luck. He is enamored with the daughter of his professor and yearns to take her to the upcoming dance. The girl wants a red rose to complement her…...
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Importance of Self-love Before, Throughout and After Marriage
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Marriage is an essential step in life when one chooses to go down that path. The union will bind the love that each person has to one another. It symbolizes support, trust, happiness and overall infinite love to one another. Love is an essential feeling to have before marriage because it is critical to have a close relationship with one another, with the person whom they can turn to when they have tremendous or unfortunate news. With marriage, they promise…...
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Strange Love
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Josh is a 39-year-old man who is going abroad to work. It is the first time he is going out of the country. He is an introvert and he does not get well with strangers. He just gets in touch with someone he knows really well. Josh had a long transit for his connecting flight and he was smoking a cigarette at the airport. He was not giving a damn about anyone else in the airport. He was smoking in…...
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When We Talk About Love
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Three little words, might possibly be the most powerful statement one can make to another person. In life, most crave for the intimate affection that a certain someone can provide them. It brings hope, beauty, unity, and joy into one's life. If neglected, it can bring pain and heartache. Love is a universal feeling or emotion. Every human on this earth loves someone. Love is a word with many definitions. Webster defines love as a strong “feeling of attraction resulting…...
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Marriage, Love And Caste In India
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India is a nation of cultural diversification. With its remarkable composition of tradition and the vast heritage of ancient culture, it provides an interesting background to study romantic relationships. Indian literature and mythologies depict their liberal, lenient and dispassionate views on human sexuality, love, and individual freedom as well. In Hinduism Love is categorized into five stages; Kama (Sensory caring), Shringara (rapturous intimacy), Maitri(generous compassion), Bhakti (impersonal devotion), Atma Prema (unconditional self-love). According to Vatsyayana, in Kamasutra, Kama is as…...
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The Truth Under Fairy Tale: The Reflection of The Little Prince
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The Little Prince, the book with most of the human emotions in the world, is just like my life story. Actually, I have read this book several times from the first time I got it at age of 10. The Little Prince, is a fairy tale for children, a fable for adults, a memoir for the old. The author is Antonine de Saint-Exupery from France. It was written in 1942 and published in 1943. The author, Antonine, was an existentialist.…...
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Causes Of To Blame For Romeo And Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet is a story of two warring families who despise each other. The Montague is the house of Romeo’s. The house of Juliet’s family is the Capulets the play rotates between passionate love scenes to ghastly bloody fight scenes. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it is Tybalt's hatred of Romeo that is the cause of all the deaths. Also in the play, there are different types of love such as unrequited love, love at…...
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Human Nature In 1984
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What makes us human is our curiosity and evolution over time. Abstract emotions including belief, creativity, and love are what make us human. To deny our own impulses is to deny the very things that manifest into humanity. In 1984, George Orwell Oceania as a dystopian society to show that if abstract emotions were to be terminated it would no longer be humankind instead it would be a community of simple primates surviving for the sake of survival. These oppressions…...
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The Fear of Intimacy Theme In Fire by Rick Bass
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“It’s lonely but it’s safe, in here and I can always live in fear, fear of you. We could, we’ll always be, with no work and no tries life in, “what if?” What if I say how I feel? I think I’m gonna tell you to make me want to share all my feelings is worth enough to love. Maybe that’s why am so guarded I don’t’ know what makes me special (oh) you don’t have to know I’m used…...
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Bangladesh Philosophy: The Relationship Between Body and Mind
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Philosophy is a view which distinguish the life and character of Bengali. In Middle Ages religion has a great impact on Bengali which use higher-self to resolve the problem.  Gauda Purnanda is considered a highly spiritual person among Bengali. In his book Tattvamuktavali- Mayavad- Shatadusani is a great source for spirituality where materialistic thinking is reflected. A thousand years back to era Buddhist philosopher named Shantadev has been well known for his philosophical books. The Buddhist viharas were used for…...
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Something About Beauty
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It is often said, “beauty is only skin deep”. How you look on the outside is less valuable than who you are on the inside. But is this true? It's hard to tell with all the magazines and television shows that have men and women with the “perfect” weight, “perfect” eye color, “perfect” hairstyle, “perfect” everything. How do we know that it’s alright not to look flawless? That being beautiful isn’t all about how you look? There aren’t many magazines,…...
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How Do You Define Family?
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Everyone defines family differently, however, the significance of family is the same. When you look up family in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition it provides is as follows: fam·i·ly (făm'ə-lē, făm'lē) n. - a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head Although the above may be the definition from the dictionary perspective; it may not be the only way, or the correct way society defines family. Over time family definition continues to evolve as a…...
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How to Have Closer Friendships
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A friend is someone who we can call in times both bad and good times. A friend also can be there to comfort you and help you with your problem. Friendships make life beautiful and colorful, adding significant value to life. Whether casual or close friendships, the role of friendship is increasingly important to happiness and health according to Macmilan (2017). However, male and female friendships are both similar and different in some aspects. Male and female friendships have differences…...
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Gender and Genre in Millay’s Sonnets by Debra Fried
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Gender and Genre in Millay’s Sonnets by Debra Fried seeks to criticize the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s decision to use the sonnet genre of poetry to proclaim women freedom. The author acknowledges the tough nature in which Millay poetry address the societal issues of sex, betrayal, and feminism that women have been compelled to submit to. However, Debra seems to disagree with Millay's choice of the sonnet by claiming that it's the same genre that has caged the women's…...
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What Does the Bible Say About Worldview?
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Part I What is a Worldview? A worldview is a set of guide rails, blueprint, framework, or lens one employs to determine how they perceive the world around them, which impact not only the spirit but the mind and body as well (Gutierrez & Weider, 2014). Each person has a worldview, which they employ as a specific guide when making decisions and setting their system of beliefs (Ryken, 2013). For example, just like using a secret decoder to unlock a…...
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The Little Prince Moral Lesson
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The famous novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery teaches the young about responsibility through the relationships we have with people and the environment. While the novella was initially intended for children, it caught the eyes to everyone because of its deep meaning and lessons taught to us about responsibility. The theme of responsibility in this novella, however, is portrayed differently when it came to the adults and the children. The adults seemed to show their responsibility through materialistic…...
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Money and Happiness: An Enriching Relationship?
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It is difficult to imagine our today’s life without money. We need it to buy living essentials, such as clothes and food products. And we also can’t imagine our life without happiness. Happiness is a complicated concept which depends on things that surround the person. These things can be both material and spiritual. And the theme of money and happiness is always relevant in our time. And most likely everyone at least once in their life asked the question "can…...
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Lessons From the Movie My Name is Khan
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In real society, the truth is many people from different countries suffer this kind of problems like xenophobia, discrimination, racism, and bullying. This movie "my name is Khan" made me feel like in reality because now many people are suffering this issue not only Muslim people but also Nicaraguan people. Why do I relate Nicaragua people with this movie? Because as you could see many people in the USA were xenophobic with Khan's family because he was a Muslim. Here…...
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Unusual love scene
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Turn to Act two, scene two and remind yourself of the whole scene. This is a very unusual love scene. How effective do you find it and how does it relate to the main concerns of the play as a whole? In act two, scene two Friel has created a very unusual love scene between Maire and Yolland who have just escaped a dance hand in hand. Soon enough language comes between them and they struggle to understand each other.…...
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The Thickness of Ice and Twice Shy
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Paragraph one Paragraph one talks about the beginning of a relationship and how you don't really care about what may happen and about whom might get hurt in the outcome. This one is mainly about the meeting and greeting of the two people in the poem. The hope that will become close and get to know each other and learn to trust like you do when you're on a ice rink. Ice skating is all about trust and giving a…...
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Love and Madness
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They say the mad lover is drugged often by the exhaustion of the confusing state they are in. It is like drowning. Drowning in an ocean with nothing to hold on. Although they will not be able to breathe, they will still feel a sharp sting of unavoidable pleasure around themselves. They will still desire to keep on drowning, to keep on losing their consciousness, to keep on feeling the honeyed pain. It is like drowning, drowning deep. The construction…...
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The meaning of change
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The texts that have influenced my understandings on change were the film "Pleasantville", the poem "The door" and the song "Cats in the Cradle". The film "Pleasantville" portrays the changes that have occurred in American society over the past 50 years. The movie describes changes in sexual relations, language, violence, and family matters and roles. Viewers are shown how the racial and sexual equality began. It shows there is no "perfect" way of life and as the movie slogan says…...
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He replies Yes love?
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Eddie replies in his upper crust well spoken tones, un-affected by the question "No I don't think so. " Mickey says " you wanna be best mates, we could be blood brothers, give us your hand. " They both pretend realistically to swap blood and this small scene draws to a close. The parallel scene reopens and the two brothers advance slowly towards one another once again. This time it is Mickey's turn to say something, Mickey says, "When we…...
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Madonna’s antimaterialism and feminism
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According to Schwichtenberg (1993) "the discourses activated by the text of the Material Girl video are complex and contradictory", paralleling Kellner's opinion. Although the video depicts a strong, independent woman who places no value on wealth and who displays a tongue-in-cheek attitude to such a lifestyle, she is manipulated by the male character into thinking he is the opposite of what he appears to be. Madonna's antimaterialism and feminism So, on one hand Madonna appears to be anti-materialist and upholding…...
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How to Write the Perfect Valentine’s Day Poem
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Roses are red, Violets are blue, It’s Valentine’s Day And a boring gift won’t do! It’s Valentine’s Day; the day of love and it’s not too late to do something special for that someone special in your life. Here’s how you can write your very own love poem in no time at all! People get nervous about writing poetry, especially love poetry because they are afraid it won’t be good or the person won’t like it. Others have trouble because…...
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The Story of Great Gatsby
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This romantic and traumatic story of Gatsby's never ending love trail encompasses only one true meaning. The struggle to catch Daisy's love and reach underlying indifference between Gatsby's Phantom dream of wealth and her high-class expectations. Fitzgerald reveals Gatsby's underlying purpose of not only gaining Daisy's love but also flexing the power of wealth and importance. This power is exposed through Fitzgerald's use of illustrative diction, social and emotional contrast, and effective and powerful syntactic organization. By taking all these…...
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Expressed by Zorb
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The second prominent belief, expressed by Zorba is the necessity of focusing on what one’s heart is prompting at the certain moment of time. The Greek ‘philosopher’ develops no plans for the remote future, as Fortuna is extremely whinny and might destroy the most ambitious and promising projects. In order to attain self-actualizations, individuals should learn the ability to notice even the most primitive and simple joys the life has recently brought: “How simple is a thing of happiness: a…...
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The child therefore Ophelia
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I could almost imagine Ophelia as a lump of clay, but its not Shakespeare that models her, he gives us a simple character at the beginning symbolized by few words. She is then molded in our minds by the other characters. The same can be said about the way she is brought up, she has no apparent mother figure. Gertrude is the closest she gets, but is an incestuous women who may or may not have had knowledge of or…...
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“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
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The use of the present for past events such as "I say" instead of I said and the absence of speech punctuation also continues to give the novel the feeling of a play script. This first person narrative gives a sense of intimacy and immediacy with events in the novel and Walker continues to gain the closeness of the reader with Celie right until the novel's conclusion. Walker continues through her use of the epistolary form, which has connotations of a…...
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Did My Heart Love Till Now?
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“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.”- Romeo. This is just one of the beautiful quotes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the 9th grade curriculum, many different types of poetry are being taught including Shakespeare’s work. So why exclude only “Romeo and Juliet”? There has been much debate about whether or not the tragic story of the star-crossed lovers should be taught to 9th graders. Shakespeare’s Romeo…...
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My youngest and fondest memories
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My youngest and fondest memories begin with my grandmother, my mother and myself. I knew my family was not like other families but different in a sense. At such a young age, I couldn't figure out how my family was different but deep down I felt as if something was just not right with my family. Even sitting here now, I think back and try to figure out when I found out that my family was not like others but…...
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And yet not so, since I am sure my love’s more ponderous than my tongue
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Said by Cordelia when she was ment to say something during division scene to prove her love towards her father – Significant because it shows her character: honest, loving, etc. Nothing? Said by Lear when Cordelia responded with nothing to prove her love – Significant because Lear misunderstands Cordelia which is what brings him down to nothing See better, Lear, and let me still remain the true blank of thine eye. Said by Kent when Lear tells him to get…...
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Write a detailed comparison between ‘The Old Familiar Faces’ and Tears, Idle Tears’
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The two poems 'The Old Familiar Faces' and 'Tears, Idle Tears' both share the same genre; loss and regret. Each poet Charles Lamb with 'The Old Familiar Faces' and Alfred, Lord Tennyson with 'Tears, Idle Tears' talk about the past and their experiences. The poems both convey an atmosphere of sadness and regret and this is continued throughout every line of each poem. Lamb is ultimately saddened because he is left as the carer of his mentally ill sister, after…...
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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the older characters are shown to be cynical and controlling
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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the older characters are shown to be cynical and controlling. This control is most evident when Juliet's father gives her hand in marriage to Paris the governor's son, against her wishes. Shakespeare portrays youth more favourably. This is shown by the fun loving Mercutio the most, he loved life and wished the people closest to him to have nothing but fun. The feud has no point in the world of fair Verona and is…...
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon – Avon in 1564
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon - Avon in 1564 and died on 1616. He was fascinated by language, he wrote some of the most extraordinary stories one of which was Romeo + Juliet. Shakespeare turned it into the ultimate love story, which was based on a poem by Arthur Brooke. Shakespeare brilliantly transformed whatever he worked on. He changed a dull piece of work into something wild and imaginative. Fate and freewill went on throughout the play. It…...
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In what ways, are relationships distorted in T.S. Eliot poems?
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T.S. Eliot was an intellectual of the modernist movement of the 20th century. In the 20th century, there was the invention of the machines, so now with the invention of new machines; factories started to opaque other commerce which were not industries. Now the world was facing a growing problem: mass production. With mass production, industries started to come up. This is the result of an economic phenomenon called industrialization. Because of industrialization, there were not enough jobs in the…...
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The novel “North and South”
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Introduction In the novel North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell, is unique because the opening of it, contrasts greatly with the rest of the novel. One of the reasons for this could be that since the book was originally printed in cereal, the author had to make the beginning pact with information in a short period of time in order to keep the readers interested. Something else that proves the book was written in cereal form is that each chapter…...
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Vultures Comparison with What Were They Like
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The poets of both ‘Vultures’ and ‘What were they Like? ’ present people in a very interesting way. ‘Vultures’ is a poem not just about vultures and the commandant, but rather explores whether there is hope because there is love everywhere, or whether there is despair, because even though love is there, evil is still always present. However, in WWTL, Levertov is obviously focusing on the effects of the evil of people rather than questioning the nature of evil itself…...
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How does the use of symbolism inform our understanding of the central female characters in the novels ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and ‘Precious Bane’?
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It is evident he central female characters' worlds revolve around their love of their surroundings and all nature has to offer. The many stages of their respective emotional journeys are often symbolised by the parts of the natural world and its beings that encircle them. The authors have examined their fragmented identities and unconscious fears, focusing on their inner worlds, which mirror the impressions of evocative physical landscapes. The use of symbolism allows us, the reader, to gain a much…...
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Understanding the Life of Kate Chopin and Her Writings
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Kate Chopin is regarded and widely known as one of the most prominent American authors of short stories and novel, more especially with that of the stories that have something to tell about the background of Louisiana Creole. As seen to be distinct from other well-known authors or writers, Kate Chopin’s career is seen to have been through numerous twist and turns that are filled with significant factors in her life as well as with her writing style. As of…...
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Helen Fisher’s Ideas on Love

Helen Fisher’s ideas that love is associated with brain chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin and her thesis that romantic love is a fundamental human mating drive are thoroughly explained and described in detail in her book Why We Love. Her book starts off by explaining that when there are high levels of dopamine present ‘the brain produce extremely focused attention as well as unwavering motivation and goal-directed behaviors’ this causes one’s partner to become extremely focus on their sweetheart and overlook any unappealing traits their other half may have. (Fisher, 52). Norepinephrine is more commonly known as ‘love’s high’ (Fisher, 53). Norepinephrine is one the chemicals obtained from dopamine, the effects produced by this chemical are ‘varied depending on the part of the brain it activates’ (Fisher, 53). 

Chemical Needed for ‘Romantic Love’

Helen Fisher found that by ‘increasing levels of this stimulant generally produced exhilaration, excessive energy, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite’ also known as some aspects of ‘romantic love’ (Fisher, 53). Serotonin is the third chemical involved in the ‘irresistible feeling’ of love. It’s a symptom of ‘romantic love’, the constant thinking of one’s sweetheart (Fisher, 54). Helen Fisher’s theory that the constant and involuntary thinking of one’s sweetheart was because of ‘low levels of some type of this chemical compound’ (Fisher, 54). Her theory was based on a study that had been conducted in 1999 by scientists in Italy who had used sixty participants who had fallen in love in the past six months. This study discovered a relationship between ‘romantic love and low levels of bodily serotonin’ (Fisher, 54). Therefore, if the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine increase this causes a decrease in serotonin levels (Fisher, 55).

Importance of Trust and Intimacy 

Mandy Len Catron’s thesis is that love is an action, a choice, it’s pliable, and something for which we can create the right conditions of trust and intimacy where love can grow. She shows this by analyzing and describing a study she did of whether you can fall in love after 36 questions. Her experiment began in a bar, not a lab and the two of them were not strangers. They both were willing to try the experiment that was designed to create romantic love meaning they both were open to this happening (Catron). They spent two hours passing her iPhone across the table and questioning each other. Some of the questions asked were ‘Would you like to be famous? In what way?’ And ‘When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?’ but soon the questions become more intimate. Thus trust and intimacy are the components needed for love. 

FAQ about Love

When We Talk About Love
...For some, love can be purely romantic, or even purely sexual. For others, real love is unconditional and only truly exists between family members. Even people view love as ever changing, and everywhere, and is felt for family, friends, partners, pets...
How Do You Define Family?
...Through the ups and downs in my life, these are the core key characteristics I continue to use to help me define family: support, love, trust, and sacrifice. I learned at a young age that blood-related would not be one of my key characteristics. Grow...
How to Have Closer Friendships
...In conclusion, male and female relationships are different yet similar in many ways. We can see the differences between male and female friendships in terms of the level of intimacy, the frequency of contact, and the types of issues discussed. The si...
What Does the Bible Say About Worldview?
...Tending to God’s creation, as stewards of His Earth, began with Adam (Genesis 2:15). Creation is a gift from God, thus should be treated with love and care just as any gift, and Christians must firmly remember that God created all things (John 1:3)...
How to Write the Perfect Valentine’s Day Poem
...If you’re having trouble knowing how to start with your love poem, remember this: You don’t want to just tell someone you love them. You want them to feel it in their hearts, in their souls, in their bones. This is where that whole “show, not t...
In what ways, are relationships distorted in T.S. Eliot poems?
...Throughout T.S. Eliot's poems, we can see that the city alienates the people, and therefore their relationships. They become distant, monotonous, and this lead people to feel trapped and desperate, so they start believing in false prophets, and start...
Vultures Comparison with What Were They Like
...The alliteration of the dissonant sound ‘b’ also encapsulates the shear pain that they feel and also, when the reader makes the ‘b’ sound, our lips are violently forced together and we can imagine what it would feel like if our mouths were bu...
How does the use of symbolism inform our understanding of the central female characters in the novels ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and ‘Precious Bane’?
...Through studying each of the novels, it is clear that through the shrewd treatment of symbolism we are able to empathise with the central female characters to the extent that we consider them to be in true existence. We are able to connect with them ...

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