Scientists are taking Kesha's song seriously. Is love a drug? Can someone's love be your drug? They think so, and they're ready to manipulate the crap out of it and create an anti-love drug. Seriously.
Here at YourTango, we are huge fans of Helen Fisher, the famed biological anthropologist and mastermind behind such TED Talks as Why We Love, Why We Cheat, and The Brain in Love. Her latest venture intends to teach us all a thing about love, chemistry and where it all comes from.
First impressions aren't everything, you know. You may come home from a date with a wonderful guy, who seems like he's got everything together—promising career, steady income, nice apartment, calls the next day, everything that makes you swoon. But the detail-oriented men (and women) of the world may be tucking a dirty little secret into their drawers; their sock drawers, that is.
Newsweek had an interesting article today that actually touted the health benefits of married men viewing porn. The article asked the (not often) debated question: what's the best fix for low testosterone: good, old-fashioned Jenna Jameson or the pharmaceutical industry? After all, neither are blameless diet-exercise-and-get-plenty-of-sleep solutions; it's pretty easy to judge weird drugs on the market and strange women on your living room T.V. a quick-fix called AndroGel has been on the market for the past decade, causing men who've lost that loving feeling to sign up in droves and attempt to reclaim lost hormones by slathering this foam-like stuff all over their bodies. AndroGel is supposed to turn them from a grouchy, sexless Homer Simpson-type character and into a cheery George Clooney of sorts ("improvement in energy, sexual desire, sexual function, and mood within 1 month" says the website).
Just last week we were extolling the virtues of being a late arrival to the pretty game. "Being a late bloomer," our clever blogger Jed wrote, "usually means you're either super smart, really good at something, or used to be, well, less attractive. In any of these cases, it's a positive." Indeed, wouldn't most of us — if forced to choose between the two — rather grow into our looks, rather than grow out of them? We think so. But that got us to thinking about something else: What happens if you start off not so pretty and never grow out of it?
Anthropologist Helen Fisher, author of Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love by Understanding Your Personality Type, says that understanding your personality type can help you navigate the dating waters. Using genetics and neurochemistry Fisher identified four types: about Explorer, Builder, Negotiator and Director. Which are you?
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.