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3 different types that might change your perspective of your close relationship

Falling in love with someone is a feeling that is too difficult to be defined in words. When nothing seems to be understandable, this is where the biology of love helps us understand how we feel. Helen Fisher, an American anthropologist, and researcher in romantic relationships has stated an interesting theory above love. He shared that there exist three different forms of love.

Talesation has shared the characteristics of three different types of love that most people are not familiar with.

  1. Infatuation
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Fisher has closely looked into cognitive and neurobiological processes which basically revolved around love and attraction. Moreover, different scientists also began identifying different levels among people that happen at the different stages of a relationship, among which infatuation and obsession come first.

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Infatuation is quite very similar to lust that originates from the allegedly called reptilian brain which is very pure. There is nobody who can’t relate to this type of feelings-to interact with the person we hardly know anything about. This type of interaction and relation revolves around the behavioral and physical elements of a relationship. At, this level of infatuation relationship, the hypothalamus, the small part of the brain plays a great contribution in releasing different sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone.

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The excessive release of this hormone in the body excites the feeling of obsession and excitement. As quickly as this feeling becomes strong as quickly as it fades as well. However, infatuation seems to be a long-lasting feeling.

2. Passion

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Passion is a form of love that exhibits an emotional connection between two loving people. This type of love originates from a mammalian brain. Our brain is overflowed with the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine that makes people believe that they are strongly attracted to someone. They love looking into each other’s eyes and loves spending every moment with each other in the best way possible. These different chemical released into the brain makes one feel quite euphoric and energetic. This condition leads one towards decreased appetite and insomnia.

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Science has revealed that the relationship and compatibility of the couple usually happen after they spend 6-12 months together. Even sometimes the passion between the couples fades away and sometimes it lasts forever in them.

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Helen Fisher revealed in a study that the brain activity of middle-aged couples is almost equal to that of young couples except for the long-time partners. The brain activity of long-time couples is more associated with calmness rather than anxiety.

3. Commitment

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Commitment is something that is followed when the passion between the couple becomes long enough and unconditional. Long-distance relationships have one thing in common, that is attachment. Infatuation and passion is a feeling that mostly dominates during a romantic relationship. However, attachment dominates in different relationships like friendships and parent-child bonding.

Oxytocin and Vasopressin are the hormones that are released at this stage of love. If passion and compatibility continue to last for a longer time period, the couples are more likely to experience new life experiences together.

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Where there is commitment, there is no doubt that the relationship will not last forever. The only thing that can change this is if one person becomes harmful to the other one in a relationship. Abuse and cheating often lead to the end of the relationship between the couple. Even in such situations, the commitment continues to grow depending on the nature of the people. These different stages of love are something that couples can mostly relate to.

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