Changes When It Comes to Love

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Changes When It Comes To Love

What does it mean to be in love? Love is sought after everywhere around the world, but what does it really mean. Love is an intense feeling of deep affection, but really there are no words to describe it. Plato asserts in his Symposium that initially all humans were whole, hermaphroditic beings with four hands, four legs, two identical faces on one head/neck, four ears, and both sets of genitals. When these beautiful, strong beings tried to overthrow the gods, Zeus split them into two—man and woman— and created the innate desire of human beings for one another to feel whole again (Ackerman). Humans are biologically wired to seek love or companionship from one another. Love activates areas of the brain with a high concentration of receptors for dopamine (associated with euphoria, craving, and addiction) and its relative, norepinephrine (Ackerman).

Early love is often described as numerous feelings including: overwhelming, anxious, electric, frightening, thrilling, obsessive, blinding, and passionate. All of these elements are known to occur when being in love. Love creates high levels of dopamine. Sex also releases serotonin, which creates endorphins for the brain. This causes an individual to have immense feelings of happiness and attachment towards their partner. The beginning of a new relationship commonly starts out this way. Early love exudes more rash decisions from people and acts of pure insanity. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a good example of young and blinding love. Their love for each other is so passionate that they make drastic choices and both wind up dead as a result. The play concludes of them both killing themselves because if it were to mean they had to live without the other they could not live at all. Romantic love is often characterized as shot through with illusions and driven by strong emotions and wishful thinking (Fletcher). In the beginning of all relationships continuous reinforcement takes...
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