Addicted to Love

Posted by on 06 13 12 in Love Addiction News | Comments Off on Addicted to Love

Many a songstress has crooned about the power of love. It has been touted by story books for turning frogs into princes, rousing sleeping beauties from unconscious sleep, and breaking magical spells. But for some, can love be an addiction?

Researchers think so, and new evidence suggests that suffering from love addiction may have its roots in genetics.

A study led by anthropologist Helen E. Fisher and her colleagues at Rutgers University found that when the brokenhearted reminisced over photos of past loves, parts of the brain responsible for cravings, attachment, and distress were triggered.

The findings may reveal why some people resort to extreme measures such as stalking and violence after a relationship fails.

The study involved conducting brain scans on ten women and five men who had recently experienced a one-sided breakup. All participants were of college age and claimed to still be in love with their exes.

Most subjects had been in a long-term relationship averaging two years and responses were collected about two months after the break-up occurred.

All respondents were required to take a pre-qualifying questionnaire that indicated high levels of intensity when it came to the love they felt for their former partners. In fact, the partakers in the study admitted that thoughts of their ex-lovers occupied about 85 percent of their head space throughout the day.

After viewing photos of their exes, participants were told to recall their lives together. The results indicated that the ventral segmental area of the brain associated with mad love was highly active in these individuals.

Other areas of the brain were also stimulated including areas connected with drug addiction and those relating to pain and suffering.

Results of the study point to the healing power of sharing. Talking through an experience with others provides an emotional release that may help some let go of the past and move on with the future.