8 Signs Someone is Falling in Love, According to Neuroscience

November 17, 2023

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Written By - Ravi Shankar (GoodMindKeeping)

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When we fall in love, our brain undergoes significant changes, triggering emotions, thoughts and behaviors that can seem downright bewildering.

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Neuroscience has so much to offer in the way of explaining the inexplicable behavior we display when we fall in love. Let's explore 8 signs someone is falling in love:

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1. They stare at the person constantly

When someone has captivated your heart, wouldn't you want to stare at them forever.

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2. They idealize the person they're in love with

Idealizing partners usually leads to a more successful relationship. 

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3. They daydream about their beloved

The only thing that's relevant to someone falling in love is the intoxicating love they feel.

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4. They abandon their usual activities

If something feels good, you naturally want more of that, whatever it is.

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5. They exhibit a whole range of physical manifestations

This can lead to having a physical sensation of craving and the desire to focus your attention on that specific person.

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6. They have unstable emotions

The subjective state of being in love is intimately tied to characteristic biochemical reactions occurring within the brain. 

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7. They become emotionally dependent on the other person

I've always been independent, but whenever I met someone and fell in love, I'd feel so out of control.

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8. They can't control what they feel

People who said they were in love also reported that their passion was involuntary and uncontrollable. 

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"Falling in love is the best way to kill your heart because then it's not yours anymore. It's laid in a coffin, waiting to be cremated."