“Helen Fisher: The brain in love | TED Talk | TED.com”

“In the jungles of Guatemala, in Tikal, stands a temple. It was built by the grandest Sun King, of the grandest city-state, of the grandest civilization of the Americas, the Mayas. His name was Jasaw Chan K’awiil. He stood over six feet tall. He lived into his 80s, and he was buried beneath this monument in 720 AD. And Mayan inscriptions proclaim that he was deeply in love with his wife. So, he built a temple in her honor, facing his. And every spring and autumn, exactly at the equinox, the sun rises behind his temple, and perfectly bathes her temple with his shadow. And as the sun sets behind her temple in the afternoon, it perfectly bathes his temple with her shadow. After 1,300 years, these two lovers still touch and kiss from their tomb.”

This is great TED Talk to view on Valentine’s Day, either alone or with a significant other. 😉

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“Helen Fisher: The brain in love | TED Talk | TED.com”

“And indeed, it has all of the characteristics of addiction. You focus on the person, you obsessively think about them, you crave them, you distort reality, your willingness to take enormous risks to win this person. And it’s got the three main characteristics of addiction: tolerance, you need to see them more, and more, and more; withdrawals; and last: relapse.”

Anyone that has experienced romantic love can speak to the intense, powerful feelings that accompany it. Anyone that has been rejected by the object of their affection can speak to the crushing pain that feels physical, mental, and even spiritual. They can also attest to the sense of utter hopelessness that accompanies that pain. Romantic love has the potential to carry us to the peaks of euphoria and to drag us down to the depths of an agony and…

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