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Karina M Szczurek: “The Sum of all World Literature is The Grand Story of Love”

Invisible Others“Most of us know what love is. It’s individual and universal. The sum of all world literature is the grand story of love. Love is also science,” writes Karina M Szczurek, author of Invisible Others, on her blog, revealing what she has learned about her brain in love.

Szczurek notes that “scientifically speaking, it seems, there are five main observable components of love” and shares them in a list:

~ Bonding, forming attachments, pair-binding; it starts the moment you are born, first it’s the baby-carer bond which is naturally induced by opioids (love is a true addiction), then it develops into all the other attachments we form during our lifetimes; losing an attachment figure results in panic, ‘air-hunger’, withdrawal, which can shift into despair; then (if you are lucky) you let go and form other attachments.

~ Nurture and care, as opposed to the need of a child to bond; on average females (in all mammals) are more attached and caring than males.

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