Literally being addicted to love? Apparently so

Sad young woman and young couple in love in the background

There's no doubt that love has its upsides -- as long as you have real expectations, of course. But, love as addictive as a drug? It seems that way.

I'm not referring to feelings or highs, although it's been talked about and sung about since the beginning of time. Nope, it looks like some brainy researchers over at Stony Brook University have confirmed through their recent findings that it really is an addiction, involving the same parts of the body that affect drug addicts...

To get to this conclusion, researchers observed 15 college-age boys who had been freshly dumped. They were shown photos of their former girlfriends and then asked to complete a math problem to distract them from their thoughts. The same subjects were then shown a photo of someone they knew but did not have feelings towards.

As it turns out, this study showed that the brain was stimulated when men looked at the object of their affection -- the same areas triggered in cocaine addicts and connected to physical pain and distress.

Now let's consider this one for a second: The same areas triggered for addicts are triggered in those that are in love. That's pretty heavy. But, that makes sense when you think of some of the silly things most of us have done for the ones we want.

I have to admit -- I'm having a hard time making the connection associating "healthy" with "addictions." At the same time, I can't help but think life would not be quite as interesting if we didn't have the chance to feel those immense highs, lows, or do the silly stuff we do for love.

And, not only does it make love worth looking forward to, but it means that even the toughest of us have the chance to surrender a little bit of ourselves -- thus making us human.

So while "addiction" may have an interesting connotation, ANY emotion that can be shared amongst all of humanity since the beginning of time, serve as a catalyst of wars, bring peace, unite people AND tear them apart (sometimes all in the same week) is not only pretty damn strong, but not one to be reckoned with. No synthetic drug has anything on it either.

All in all, I'd say it's scary... And pretty damn awesome, too.

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