Love is any of a number of emotions related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure (I loved that meal) to intense interpersonal attraction (I love my husband).
This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.
As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and platonic love to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love.
Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.
The drug Viagra revolutionized the treatment of sexual dysfunction in men on its launch five years ago.
An accidental discovery, the tablet that gave impotent men the chance once more to have natural erections became the fastest selling pill in history and has earned its manufacturer, Pfizer, over $6bn.
The search is now on for a similar drug that could help women. Research is revealing that female sexuality is more complex than expected.
For women suffering from a loss of desire many scientists believe that drugs acting on the brain may be the way forward.
A pioneering Scottish study may have identified just such a drug and begun testing it scientifically.
Whats Sexy? measures the intricate inner workings of lovers in love, as well as lovers that stray, and dares to suggest that we are a lot less in control of love than we may think. You’ll see what can transform the ecstasy of love into a cocaine-like addiction and you’ll learn what draws men to women and whether a “family guy” or a “hunky action hero” is more of a natural match.
If you ever wondered what it is that makes men go ga-ga over female curves, or why women swoon over a masculine face, National Geographic has come up with the series to examine the science of love. That doyen of documentary-makers has upped the ante to give the low-down on love, tracking what it is that make men and women attracted to each other.
Sniff out a potential mate? Look out for signs of the perfect one? You will be surprised to find out your physical senses are very much involved in tracking down your significant other. This may help to explain why some people “click” from the first moment of attraction, and what helps them to decide to bond with that special man or woman to settle down and raise a family.
Suddenly, the phrase “love at first sight” takes on a whole new meaning. In the series, the game of attraction is examined with a scientific eye. Researchers with impressive-sounding resumes who have made it their life’s purpose to study the game of love produce results from brain scans and sniff tests to tell you the difference between lust and love.
And you can be certain that all the information you have just heard is no hocus-pocus. After all, the good people at National Geographic guarantee that the facts which are presented are verified by their fact-checkers, before it goes on air. The series is worth watching for its invaluable nuggets on what makes us tick when love, or lust, calls.