“And indeed, it has all of the characteristics of addiction. You focus on the person, you obsessively think about them, you crave them, you distort reality, your willingness to take enormous risks to win this person. And it’s got the three main characteristics of addiction: tolerance, you need to see them more, and more, and more; withdrawals; and last: relapse.” — Helen Fisher, anthropologist
Anyone that has experienced romantic love can speak to the intense, powerful feelings that accompany it. Anyone that has been rejected by the object of their affection can speak to the crushing pain that feels physical, mental, and even spiritual. They can also attest to the sense of utter hopelessness that accompanies that pain. Romantic love has the potential to carry us to the peaks of euphoria and to drag us down to the depths of an agony and despair that threatens our ability to carry on and live. So it should come as no surprise that people would conduct research on the topic of romantic love. Anthropologist Helen Fisher shares her insights on romantic love in this TED Talk. Click the link above to watch it.
Love IS a beautiful thing. Only something that can bring us so low has the potential to take us to such soaring heights. My wish for all of you is to experience or continue to experience the soaring heights of love in 2018 with none of the lows. Happy New Year! 😉