Friday, July 13, 2012


We all know that Love is Blind but... Can it really make you dumb?
Or is it actually good for your health?

"Love is blind" says the well known adage and now it officially also renders you stupid, according to new research.

Prof. Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford, argues that the rational parts of the human brain shut down when experiencing the feelings of love, The (London) Times reported.
Dunbar developed his theory after analyzing the findings of UK brain experiments carried out over a decade ago at the University College of London.
The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research looked at the brain activity of 17 volunteers as they were shown pictures of their boyfriends and girlfriends, with whom they were "truly, madly and deeply in love."
Dunbar says that when the people gazed at images of their loved ones, the rational parts of their brain were affected by "rose-tinted spectacle syndrome" and their hearts ruled their heads, dulling their critical faculties.
"What seems to be happening is that you have subconsciously made up your mind that you are interested in the person and the rational bit of the brain -- the bit that would normally say 'hang on a minute' -- gets switched off," Dunbar explained at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival on Friday.
"In a relationship you are in a trade-off between caution and just going for it. There is a view that emotion exists to get you off the fence.
"A purely rational organism would sit on the fence all the time to avoid being hurt. But if you don't engage, you won't form relationships. If the prefrontal cortex is shut down, that protective and cautious element goes."

This is not surprising. There have been many scientific studies (if I had more time here at work, I’d look some of them up) indicating that love and pre-sex hormones make us stupid.
It’s not merely the “hey, I could get some here, but I don’t have a condom with me… what the hell, just this once, because I don’t want to let this opportunity slip away” aspect, we actually, in scientifically measurable ways, lose common sense and IQ points, which lead us to do stupid things like assume that the person we’re with COULDN’T be one of the ones who actually has any of the nasty diseases, and that WE won’t be the unlucky ones to conceive a child.
This is one of the things I try to teach my children, that it’s not just a matter of KNOWING the right thing to do, it’s a matter of making it extremely easy TO do, because in the heat of battle (so to speak), we already have physiology working against us (not to mention the biological urge to reproduce and the fact that it just feels better without a condom), we don’t need any extra reasons why this time is the time we should do without.

Health benefits of being in love

Love lowers risk of alcohol abuse
Research has shown that you are less likely to abuse or depend upon alcohol if you are in a relationship.
Love keeps us young
Research suggests that making love keeps us young. A study conducted by researchers at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland found that those women who have sex four or more times a week look 10 years younger than their actual age.
Love: good for women, bad for men?
Women report a higher quality of life when they are in a relationship, but their husbands or partners report having a significantly lower quality of life.

Love improves our mental health
They found that people who had been in a relationship for longer than five years were less likely to be depressed and attempt suicide. Other studies have found similar findings, stating that married people report lower levels of depression and distress.
Love gives us more birthdays
The mortality rates for single males aged between 30 and 59 are two and half times higher than their non-single counterparts!
Love heals the heart
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that love is often depicted using a heart shape. A recent study by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York found that those in a happy relationship are three times more likely to survive heart surgery