Sure you’ve experienced it but there may be a few things you don’t know about the four letter word –L O V E.
Here are some of the most interesting things about love. If you want to learn more about this topic, please take a look at the references below.
1. Sweat is an active ingredient in most perfumes and love potions in the past. Should you add a bit of sweat to your perfume? If you don’t stink, then it’s probably alright.
2. Scientists say that most people would fall in love 7 times before settling down.
People who say they’ve never been in love have a rare disease called hypopituitarism wherein one does not or never feels the rapture of love.
3. The term LOVE comes from lubhyati, a Sanskrit word for desire.
4. In tennis, love means zero because some tennis players play for love in other words, playing for nothing.
5. Whenever one is heartbroken, one feels a certain type of pain. What is interesting is that, those who have been rejected show strong activity in their insular cortex –that part of the brain that signals and experiences physical pain.
6. Sometimes, the chase is an important component in having a romantic relationship.
7. Individuals with symmetrical faces have more lovers than those who don’t.
8. When women fall in love, they show more activity in that part of the brain that is responsible for memory.
9. Plato says in his Symposium that initially human beings were created whole that they had four hands, four legs, two identical faces, and were hermaphrodite. When they revolted against Zeus, the Greek God split them in two –man and woman. This created that innate desire to be with another human being to feel whole.
10. Falling in love is an urge –it is akin to sex and hunger –a primitive drive.
11. People who have intense romances i.e. the ones you see in the movies are more likely to divorce.
12. Romantic love lasts only a year or so. It is later followed by attachment love –a more stable kind of love.
References and Photo Credits
Ackerman, Diane. 1995. A Natural History of Love. Vancouver, WA: Vintage Books.
Ben-Ze’ev, Aaron and Ruhama Goussinsky. 2008. In the Name of Love: Romantic Ideology and Its Victims. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Buss, David. M 2006. “The Evolution of Love.” The New Psychology of Love. Ed. by Robert Sternberg and Karin Weis. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Cohen, Elizabeth. “Loving with All Your Brain.” CNN.com. February 15, 2007. Accessed: July 20, 2009.
Fisher, Helen. 1992. Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.
“The Drive to Love: The Natural Mechanism for Mate Selection.” The New Psychology of Love. Ed. by Robert Sternberg and Karin Weis. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. New York, NY: Henry Hold and Company, LLC.
Tresidder, Jack. 2005. The Complete Book of Symbols. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.