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True Love at the First Sight

Brainscans reveal: True love can last a lifetime
Scientists at Stony Brook University have discovered that people can have a love that lasts a lifetime. A small number of couples respond with as much passion after 20 years as most people only do during the early phasees of romance. The researchers scanned the brains of couples together for 20 years and compared them with results from new lovers. 10% of the mature couples had the same chemical reactions when shown photos of their loved ones as those just starting out. Previous research has indicated that the first stages of romantic love fade within 15 months and after 10 years it has gone completely.
(cnn.com)

                             

 

Love at first sight just sex and ego - Attraction is narcissistic response
Their eyes met across a crowded room and the music slowed. That first lovers' glaze is the staple of the romantic novelist, and scientists believe they have revealed the true nature of its attractive power. According to research, romance has very little do to with it. That "look" is all about sex and ego. "It does seem to be a sort of narcissistic thing. People are attracted to people who are attracted to them. It's really a very basic effect that we are all, at some level at least, aware of - which is that if you smile at people and you maintain eye contact, it makes you more attractive," said Ben Jones.
(guardian)

Has the quest for the perfect soul mate done more harm than good
How the never-ending search for ideal love can keep you from enjoying a healthy relationship that you already have. -- We want it all: a partner who reflects our status, who loves us for all the "right" reasons, who helps us become the person we want to be. Anything short of this ideal prompts us to ask: Could there be somebody who`s better for me? As often as not, we answer yes and fall victim to our own great expectations. The reality is that few marriages live up to this ideal. The result is a commitment limbo, in which we care deeply for our partner but keep one foot out the door of our hearts. "Nothing has produced more unhappiness than the concept of the soul mate."
(psychologytoday)

10 Relationship Myths and the Truth About Soul Mates
Even when you find your soul mate, maintaining a relationship takes patience and commitment. Myth No. 1 -- Every person has one true love or "soul mate." To achieve harmony in a relationship, experts suggest that couples communicate with each other and learn problem-solving skills. Myth No. 2 -- Your ideal mate is someone with a personality similar to yours. While it's helpful to have a lot in common with your significant other, maintaining one's individuality is important. Myth No. 3 -- Love conquers all. The concept that love conquers all sounds good in love songs, but you need more than love to sustain a long-term relationship or marriage.
(thirdage)

Are you In Love or is it just temporary attraction
So you think that you are in love. Are you sure? Why? Why do you think that you are in love? Why do you think that it is not temporary attraction? Why do you think that both of you are destined to grow old together? Let us try and find out. Do you feel happy with your beloved? Do you feel that if you both were left alone on an island for seven days, you would still enjoy each other? How about your self esteem? Does your beloved make you feel good about yourself - Is his/her focus on your good qualities or sometimes faults? Love is different than any other relationship and has its own measures.
(articlealley)

True love linked to altruistic love
Survey finds correlation between happy marriages and concern for others. Altruism may breed better marriages, a new study suggests. Or, the data might mean that good marriages make people more altruistic. Whatever, altruism and happiness seem to go together in the realm of love. Study participants were asked whether they agreed with statements that define altruism, such as, "I'd rather suffer myself than let the one I love suffer," and "I'm willing to sacrifice my own wishes to let the one I love achieve his or hers."
(msnbc)

Being Successfully Single Until the Right One Comes Along
Is finding love really so hard though? Or do we just make it hard? Finding love is not hard, but sometimes it takes a long time. So if you are single now, and I assume that you are, then you are likely goint go be single for awhile. Here are some advantages of being single: (1) You are independent. (2) You have more time. (5) You can focus on your career.
(articlealley)

Is there a perfect love match for us all?
Love Soup is the new TV programme that poses the question, 'Is there a perfect love match for us all?' Molly Watson went in search of the answer.
(icWales)

"I Can't Live Without Her"
Our culture is big on the idea that happiness depends on finding "the one." Yet, when you think about it, it's a funny exercise. Take the dating scene, for example. It can be an endless parade of people.
(Psychology Today)

Love More Powerful than Sex, Study Claims
Sex and romance may seem inextricably linked, but the human brain clearly distinguishes between the two, according to a new study. The upshot: Love is the more powerful emotion. The results of brain scans speak to longstanding questions of whether the pursuit of love and sex are different emotional endeavors or whether romance is just warmed over sexual arousal. "Our findings show that the brain areas activated when someone looks at a photo of their beloved only partially overlap with the brain regions associated with sexual arousal. Sex and romantic love involve quite different brain systems."
(livescience.com)