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Love & psyche: is there love at first sight? Does love go through the stomach?


Spring feelings: do they really exist?
When the first rays of the sun seize us, we experience feelings that make us happy. They make us more open to affection and affection at the same time. Most people refer to this emotional moment as “spring feelings”. Can we fall in love better then? Does life go through the stomach too? And is there also love at first sight? This article answers these and more questions.

Spring feelings are noticeable
Finally summer has arrived. For many people, spring feelings are evident at the same time. When you're in love, the physical impact can be huge. It is not uncommon to experience palpitations, a fast pulse and wet hands. Mostly, lovers have "butterflies in the stomach". Hormones play a special role in love. The stress hormone adrenaline, which is released more intensely, leads to the typical racing heart. But in addition to scientifically proven circumstances, there are also many myths and wisdom surrounding the most beautiful feeling in the world. Which of them are correct and which are bare humbug.

Being in love works like a drug
Lovers often feel like they are intoxicated. According to the report, scientists actually see parallels between falling in love and drug use. Brain researchers found that the same brain regions are stimulated in love as in drug users - especially the reward center. The end of love can therefore also feel like drug withdrawal. A study published in the specialist magazine “Plos One” even came to the conclusion that pictures of the loved one can relieve pain. It is also known that lovesickness can trigger physical symptoms in addition to mental complaints. For example, inner restlessness and brooding can be responsible for sleep disorders, tiredness, exhaustion and difficulty concentrating, and also effects on the stomach can often be felt, so that those affected suffer from nausea and abdominal pain.

The hormones don't go crazy in spring
"It is not true that the sex hormones go crazy in spring," Professor Helmut Schatz said in an interview. In general, there is no chaos of hormones, because it is always a well-regulated system, according to the spokesman for the German Society for Endocrinology, the teaching of hormones and metabolism. According to Schatz, the birth rate also speaks against this widespread belief, because most children are therefore not born in spring, but in autumn and winter, especially around Christmas. The so-called spring feelings arise from various factors. Optical stimuli played a very important role because, unlike in autumn and winter, people's eyes were attracted to less covered skin. "The stronger light radiation in the spring also ensures a lower release of the sleep hormone melatonin and at the same time an increase in the happiness hormones serotonin and dopamine," explained Schatz.

Disagreement about love at first sight
Scientists do not agree whether there is so-called love at first sight. At first glance, according to a study by the University of Aberdeen, the supposed love is pure narcissism. Ego and sex should play a major role in this. As a result, you are particularly attracted to people who find yourself attractive. If someone looks directly at us, keeps eye contact and smiles, then you are quickly blown away. According to another study by the University of Chicago, this direct look is already a sign of love at first sight. This way, the gaze wanders more over the other's body when one is only sexually attracted to a stranger. On the other hand, if you mainly look each other in the eye, you've already fallen for them.

Look through the pink glasses
In a way, it's true that love blinds. According to a study by the Florida State University in Tallahassee, lovers actually have blinders when it comes to other potential partners, and they simply do not notice any attractive alternatives. In an experiment, those subjects did not let themselves be impressed by pictures of attractive people who had previously remembered a moment in which they had felt a lot of love for their partner. So you looked at the pictures, so to speak, with the so-called pink glasses, through which the partner looks more beautiful, better and fabulous than everyone else.

Dislike of others connects
It is obviously not true that love goes through the stomach. A team of California researchers found that hungry men generally find women more attractive. Accordingly, the feeling of hunger among men made women appear more beautiful. According to another study, hungry men particularly like chubby women. Another myth that the FR thematized is that adventure should make you sexy. This also seems to be the case if one follows the results of women scientists from the University of Texas. They found that an adrenaline rush made them more attractive. After a roller coaster ride together, their test subjects felt more drawn to the unknown neighbor. The myth that people like to join in the same way seems to be right too. According to various studies, similarities are a good basis for a relationship. Dislike of others in particular connects. US psychologists found that on the first date, the best thing to do is talk about what you don't like. As a result, we feel closer to someone when we share their dislikes rather than their preferences. (ad)

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