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The process of falling in love can be a powerful, life-changing thing. In those early days of romance, you may act differently, think differently, and sometimes even dress or talk differently. But once you mix in a few societal expectations, there are actually a few differences in how a man falls in love — including what goes on in his brain.
Holly Schiff, Psy. Read on below for more info on what falling in love does to the brain , as well as a few psychology facts about guys in love. It also explains the feelings of joy, increased energy, and excitement associated with the early or honeymoon stage of a relationship.
According to Schiff, there are also overlapping neurochemical responses in the same areas of the brain for both substance addiction and love , which can be spotted on brain scans. This is because a new romantic relationship floods the "reward" center of the brain , resulting in new partners who feel positively obsessed with each other.
Ever notice how a love interest seems perfect in every way? The brain is also busily working on forming good memories and cute associations in the early days of love. The release of dopamine also contributes to the physical sensations of love. On the flip side, a woman might take longer to fall in love because her focus is on selecting the best mate possible for reproduction, Schiff says.
Jarred Younger, Ph. So if a dude suddenly ditches his smoking habit once he starts dating you, he very well may be falling in love. Those individuals still show activation of the reward areas of the brain. This is a direct response to a fear of vulnerability, clinical psychologist Dr. That's not to say men always put their guard up.
Despite stereotypical notions about men's inability to express emotions , Klapow says plenty of guys are able to embrace their vulnerability — and are plenty comfortable showing it. This is when he might take on extra hours at work, often to the detriment of his relationship. It could be argued that the change stands out more in men compared to women due to the way women are conditioned from a young age to put others first.
But lots of people really do try harder to be nice once they're head-over-heels — men included. Think buying flowers or gifts. This is the stage where he might try harder to impress with his appearance. Again, this is not always the case, but a fun thing to look for all the same.
For one last fun fact, you might notice that a man in love changes his language based on his feelings. Fisher, H. Savulescu, J. Oxytocin enhances brain reward system responses in men viewing the face of their female partner. Epub Nov Wagner, U. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Xu, X. Viewing pictures of a romantic partner reduces experimental pain: involvement of neural reward systems. PLoS One. Jarred Younger , neuroscientist and associate professor at University of Alabama, Birmingham. Josh Klapow , clinical psychologist. By Carolyn Steber.
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15 Ways A Man's Brain Changes When He's In Love