16 October 2007
Response Journal: Love: The Right Chemistry
In the article, “Love: The Right Chemistry,” Toufexis mainly talks about love related to chemistry. The fact that human species, considered as sexual organs, possess own characteristics contributes to each individual with a unique attraction. The term “love” has created the new way of making it – a sexual relationship. Also, the concept of love nowadays seemingly depends on an individual’s appearance. According to the author, romance is an essential element that leads men and women to long-term relationship; however, the idea that true love remains forever seems to fade out gradually. To exemplify, the author quotes Fisher as saying that each would find a new partner in four years, which reflects in today’s divorce rate. In short, romantic love is not everlasting. Furthermore, PEA, stands for phenylethylamine, is increased in the early of passionate romantic love; the body builds up rapidly as long as we are needed. Essentially, it is a natural amphetamine that stimulates and increases both physical and emotional energy. The attraction causes people to produce more PEA, which results in those dizzying feelings associated with romantic love. However, the amount that our body produces PEA is exclusive in two or three years. Moreover, each person has a unique subliminal guide to the ideal partner so-called a love map, so a man and woman can not fall in love with two people at the same time.
Through the article, I assume the contrast between passionate and compassionate love. The author quotes Mark and Walsh as saying that early love is based on when you love the way the other person makes you feel, while mature love depends on when you love the way the other person is. I obviously do not see what is different, and it gives me such an aftereffect to think whether I am still immature. Also, one word that comes up most often about love is chemistry, which conjures...
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