Now, let's factor in vasopressin! This hormone plays a key role in protecting a current relationship and in protecting babies. It has a large part to play in monogamy. Research suggests that vasopressin lights up the reward centers of the brain for monogamous types, while it lights up a different area of the brain for others. The reward centers of the brain release dopamine the feel good chemical associated with addiction. Yes, we really can become addicted to a lover!
So what can you do with this? The biggest take away is to recognize when there might be risks to your relationship and be able to make sure those feel-good, and bonding hormones are associated with you.