Obsessed with Love: Codependency
Codependency is a person "who has let another person`s behavior affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person`s behavior." This behavior leads to an obsession that prevents the person from finding balance in life. The most usual codependency practices are based around a silent system of rules often within the immediate family that prevent the codependent person from talking about emotions, thus setting the pace for relationships. This repression causes all kinds of problems. The codependent person allows the other person`s problems to become their own - they feel a need to control the troubled person; they need to be a caretaker.
Being a sex addict is in your genes
Some people simply can't help being 'sex addicts', according to a new discovery by scientists. They have found that people with a certain genetic make-up have a much stronger sex drive than others. It could also help provide reassurance for those who are perfectly happy with their relatively low libido, but are made to think they are abnormal because magazines, television and films suggest most people having sex all the time. "Some people really do think more about sex and place a greater importance on it than others."
Love can be maddening, literally
The term `lovesick` is surprisingly accurate, explains Lauren Slater. People experiencing romantic love, could have a chemical profile in their brains similar to that of people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some findings: Love lights up areas of the brain linked to reward and pleasure — the ventral tegmental area and the caudate nucleus — and releases chemicals such as dopamine which, in the right proportions, provoke intense energy, focused attention, recklessness and exhilaration. Love makes you bold, makes you bright and makes you run real risks. Doing novel things together triggers dopamine in the brain, stimulating feelings of attraction.