The vernacular says “opposites attract”. A widespread phrase is “like and like likes to join”. What is really right? Nobody can say that with certainty. However, there are scientific explanations for why we feel the way we feel when we are in an emotional state of emergency. With the help of our graphic you can see at a glance how exactly your body is changing and which biochemical processes are involved in the typical symptoms.
While the substances adrenaline, dopamine, oxytocin and vasopressin are significantly increased, the serotonin content in the blood is lower than usual. The whole body is full of hormones and messenger substances.
The stimulating stress hormone adrenaline causes many physical changes. Adrenaline increases the body’s oxygen consumption. This is noticeable by a faster racing heart, wet hands and dilated pupils. We feel the classic butterflies in the stomach because the stomach area is a very sensitive part of the body, which is why hormonal changes feel like tingling in the stomach.
Love, or the happiness hormone dopamine, not only provides a noticeable boost in euphoria and energy, but unfortunately often also leads to loss of appetite and insomnia. No wonder you can think of nothing else than your crush all day. You definitely have time and energy. However, if the dopamine level drops again, we feel like we’re on a withdrawal.
Social interactions are promoted through oxytocin, a cuddle and loyalty hormone. In reality, this means that lovers are particularly longing for physical closeness. Vasopressin also causes similar changes because it causes increased pressure in the vessels. On the one hand, the face quickly turns red and on the other hand, an increased sexual pleasure is felt.