Scientists say that the brain chemistry of infatuation is akin to mental illness—which gives new meaning to “madly in love.”
New research has begun to illuminate where love lies in the brain, the particulars of its chemical components.
In the right proportions, dopamine creates intense energy, exhilaration, focused attention, and motivation to win rewards. It is why, when you are newly in love, you can stay up all night, watch the sun rise, run a race, ski fast down a slope ordinarily too steep for your skill. Love makes you bold, makes you bright, makes you run real risks, which you sometimes survive, and sometimes you don’t.