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How do you know you're in love or that you have a crush?
Probably you get a fluttery sensation in your stomach, aka, "you feel butterflies. And the absence of these distinctly physical symptoms can be just as telling as their presence. I can recall plenty of first Internet dates that I went into optimistically he sounded perfect in his profile!
My body did the talking and my mind listened. When I reached out to scientific experts for this story, I underscored that the focus was on a new romance or a crush rather than lust or passion.
The butterflies feeling is partially your body saying I'm stressed but I'm motivated to do something or see this person again. This last effect spotlights the connection between our brain and our belly, a relationship that has been receiving more interest of late, with some recent research suggesting that a healthy gut is essential for a healthy brain.
Prause points to a region in the brain called the cingulo-opercular network, aka the salience network, which is associated with motivation and may trigger in the early stages of a relationship. You are instantly focused and excited by the person you see.
Your norepinephrine levels also increase which further focus you, but also make you nervous and a bit cautious. And just how intensely you feel this nervousness could depend on your personality. We also experience the release of oxytocin, but perhaps not as quickly as one would expect.
I also feel a sense of safety and ability with him rather than the surprise and spontaneity or our early days. And so, the real work of true love begins. NEXT: Why this marriage therapist says a 'good enough' relationship is one that lasts a lifetime.
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