Following on from the post on libido, here’s an interesting article in Psychology today about long term romantic love. It is possible to sustain the romantic/erotic connection for many years. It suffers slightly from the common current obsession with fMRI (blob-ology), but is fascinating nonetheless.
The key take away is that many of the same neurophysiological processes are active in short-term and long-term romantic love, with additional gains for long-term love related to regulation of anxiety. The key question is: are the long-term romantics blessed with a physiology to sustain romantic behaviour, or do they cultivate the behaviours that sustain the physiology?
Only one is within our control…
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