Chemistry or Love

By on February 13, 2014
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Physical aspects of people are often the first things that people will notice about you. These aspects are often used to judge how attractive you may be. However, through recent studies, physical attraction has less to do with sex appeal than we thought.

Other factors, such as biochemical odors, face shape, and voice pitch, have more influence in deciding who you tie the knot with in life.

For example, a study by Karl Grammer and Elizabeth Oberzaucher followed ovulating women. During ovulation, women produce copulins, a scent that attracts men. When men smell the copulins, their testosterone levels rise which in turn causes him to produce androstenone, which repels women that are not ovulating.

According to Oprah Winfrey, everyday, “Bars and nightclubs across the world are the battlefield for this invisible biochemical war.” These pheromones are undetectable by the human nose alone, but the brain is capable of processing these hidden smells.

According to Dr. Laura Berman, “We are capable of discerning 10,000 different scents consciously. But then there’s a whole realm of unconscious scents that we’re not even aware that we’re smelling.”

Those biological pheromones that we unconsciously detect let people know whether or not a woman is fertile and when a man’s testosterone levels are high. As a result, we can unconsciously detect when someone is most capable for reproduction. It’s all about survival of the species.

As a sex therapist, Dr. Laura Berman meets with many patients and the most common complaint she hears is that they love each other, but are not in love with each other. This is partly due to the chemistry of attraction.

According to Dr. Berman, in a study where women would smell men’s T-shirts, the women were attracted to the one’s with a different major histocompatibility complex from them.  This essentially means that as a member of the human species, we want to mate with another human with a different immune system to create a stronger immune system for the next generation.

This study also showed that women on some form of contraception were attracted to men with similar major histocompatibility complex, which later on in the relationship led to higher rates of infidelity.

While Dr. Berman says that all of these unconscious factors play into the laws of attraction, she says there is always one surefire way to consciously assess the future of the relationship and that is through a simple kiss. If the first kiss is bad, most women say that they will dump the man.

So, for this Valentine’s Day, ask yourself. Are you in love with your partner or is it all just a bunch of sexual tension?

 

http://www.oprah.com/relationships/The-Science-of-Sex-Appeal/8

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Samuel Wainwright is the Features Editor at the Kaleidoscope. He is a double major in English and History with a double minor in Psychology and High School Education and a Pre-Law indicator.
 
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