7 things people do when they’re in love
There is a line between love and madness, and that line is razor-thin. On the one hand, love has inspired countless songs, movies, and poems and it also makes you skip on the way to work. What’s not to like, right? On the other hand… Here are some illogical and crazy things people tend to do when they’re hit by cupid’s arrow.
They act drunk
Being in love releases a hormone called oxytocin, or ‘the hug hormone’ as they say in medical circles. This is incidentally the same hormone that makes an appearance after a cocktail or two at happy hour.
They change their voice
People sound different when they’re talking to a love interest. In heterosexual relationships, men’s voices tend to get higher and women pitch their voices lower. Psychologists say this is a subconscious attempt to sound like one’s love interest.
They turn into addicts
The brain of a person in love is similar to the brain of someone who has a cocaine addiction. Both people need their fix, and they need it now. This explains why people in love can appear obsessive to peers and family members. It also explains why you feel the need to check a love interest’s social media or text them every five minutes.
They become poets
Countless studies have shown that being in love suppresses analytical thinking and increases creativity and imagination. What’s interesting is this doesn’t just apply to the love interest. It affects everything a person does. Love rewires your brain and causes you to approach life differently.
They go outside their comfort zone
People in love will mostly be up for anything. This could mean engaging in an activity they’re not familiar with or straight-up doing something completely out of character. Scientists put this down to oxytocin, which apart from making you feel happy, also makes you feel like you’re invincible.
They experience the halo effect
The old ‘Love is Blind’ maxim has truth in it. The halo effect is a cognitive bias where people equate attractiveness to virtue or positive characteristics. You think his dimples are cute, so naturally, you assume that he rescues kittens stuck in trees and volunteers at the homeless shelter in his spare time.