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The Pleasure Is Yours: How Your Brain Interprets Food As Love

We all yearn for deep, enduring love. We burn for exotic, erotic sex. We crave...well, you name it. Why? Not because we are all hot to trot, but because our brains are. That's right. A segment of the brain called the limbic system governs our reward circuitry, or "pleasure centers," which in turn rule our wants and desires, especially when it comes to love and food, the two things the body—and the species—need to survive. But that's just where the story begins.

Everything You Need To Know About Chemistry: Part III
Fantasy will not help you find true love.
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Everything You Need To Know About Chemistry: Part III

Hopefully from reading Part II of this series, you're ready to shed any guilt, resentment, blame or shame about spending time with anyone. The goal of this series is to bring you a whole lot closer to true love by teaching you how to love yourself first. Now, it's time to tango! Can you trust your chemistry? Is your "picker" broken?

Everything You Need To Know About Chemistry
Have you noticed that indiscriminately following your attractions often ends in disaster?
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Everything You Need To Know About Chemistry: Part I

Have you noticed that indiscriminately following your attractions often ends in disaster? If so, you've come to the right place. In this series of articles, I'll take you on the chemistry journey of your life. As we travel together, you'll begin to look at your relationships differently. You will be empowered at times when you've previously felt lost or confused. Let's begin.

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5 Signs You're In Love

Your heart beats faster. You can hear your blood pulsing in your veins. Every time he even looks at you, you feel a burst of energy. Could it be? Are you in love?

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Q&A: How Do I Get Over My Breakup?

Dear Dr. Brit and Catherine, Several months ago a woman broke up with me, and I’m still madly in love with her. Here’s a little background information: I found the way she broke up with me to be very inconsiderate and hurtful, I told her how that felt and asked for her help in dealing with the depression that followed. She refused the help I asked for citing that her privacy is too important (I wanted to know the things she wouldn’t tell me in the relationship). This made her angry enough to not wish to speak with me anymore.

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Is MySpace YourSpace?

Would you want your partner to know what you communicate to others via text, email, phone calls, etc? What about your internet habits? Are your actions in line with your values and commitment? What about your partner; would he/she be comfortable sharing his cyber habits with you? Is MySpace YourSpace?

WebMD Explores Falling In Love
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WebMD Explores Falling In Love

When we start to crush, why do our appetites vanish? And why is four hours of sleep just fine? Limerence, coined in the 1970s by Dorothy Tennov is the rose-colored lenses part of a relationship, where dopamine skyrockets, similar to being on cocaine. study in Italy also proved that being in love raises women's testosterone levels and lowers a man's. If we're lucky, our crush then flattens into a nice, comfortable groove of commitment. While not as exciting as the roller coaster first stage, the feeling of comfortable companionship is also dominated by hormones. While bonding oxytocin, the brains trusting maternal hormone, is released. Oxytocin makes us crave spooning, breakfast bed, and maybe even marriage, pets and children.

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Love: Are You Chemically Compatible?

Dr. Helen Fisher, world renowned biological anthropologist, discusses her book Why Him? Why Her?, which explains the connection between biology and human attraction. She's identified four main personality types: Explorer, Builder, Director and Negotiator.

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The Chemistry of Love

Is new love as good as chocolate? It may be the dopamine you're feeling. Relationship experts Pat Love and Helen Fisher weigh in on the biological responses from lust to long-term love. From the first flush of romance to the deep attachment of a long-term marriage; Marisa Belger uncovers the chemistry behind the cycle of love.