The Science Of Love: Are You Chemically Compatible?

Dr. Helen Fisher explains how brain chemistry affects personality and our love lives.

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If you've ever wondered why you fell in love with your partner, you're definitely not alone. Racking your brain to try and figure out what made him stand out over all of the other fish in the sea, only to come up with nothing can be super frustrating. But what if we were to tell you that there is actually science behind why we fall so hard? In fact, you can blame it on your brain chemistry and pheromones!

Dr. Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist, explores these questions and attempts to explain the connection between biology and human attraction in her book Why Him, Why Her?. According to Dr. Fisher, "There’s only a few chemicals that seem to be directly related to personality traits." She actually identified four main personality types that come from chemicals in our bodies. To start, one specific type is known as the explorer (this is ruled by dopamine). This personality type is all about being a risktaker, curious, creative, spontaneous, optimistic and being obsessed with seeking novelty. Key examples of the explorer type are actress Angelina Jolie and President Barak Obama. They both have that same sense of adventure with a curisioty that can't be satisfied. The second type is known as the builder (which is ruled by serotonin). These people are calm, social, popular, cautious, traditional, and often religious. Our first president ever George Washington and pro golfer Tiger Woods are examples of the builder type. There are more personality types that can be explored in the video. So, which best describes you and your partner?