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  1. #1 love and sex 
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    What are your thoughts on love psychologically?
    Lately I've been thinking about it, and although I used to believe in love it seems to me that love is just nature's clever way of making humans reproduce. It almost seems like a form of Operant Conditioning placed upon us by nature itself: you fall in love and participate in sexual intercoarse and you get a nice feeling (being the positive reinforcement), while nature benefits by sustaining itself.
    I'm new to phychology, so pardon me if this makes me seem like a noob (which I am anyway). If this is true, although it's a beautiful system there seems to be something slightly off on the matter.
    What are your thoughts?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bio_Illusionist
    If this is true, although it's a beautiful system there seems to be something slightly off on the matter.
    Your description, as a neat simplification, appears accurate. What seems to be off?


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    There are also different types of love, so it's about more than mere reproduction. There is love of children which leads to increased continuance of genes. There is love of family which leads to increased continuance of genes. There is love of items and materials which lead to... well... you get the picture.

    I do concur with Ophiolite, though. You're description is largely accurate. Love is quite important, and in my mind, knowing that it's simple neurochemistry reinforced via selection and survival value does not diminish either its intensity or importance.
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    I thought I was correct in my assumptions, thank you for the responses. I suppose being new to psychology my beliefs have changed immensly and it's just kind of overwhealming. I'm curious more about the psychology of love specifically, is there a specific name for this or a website anybody could give me.
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    I would suggest surfing the internet while keeping a very sceptical view on anything you read. You could start with "psychology of love" in google Scholar, where I turned up this abstract, which unfortunately requires a $25 payment for the full report. Just trawl around and you will come up with some gems among the dross.
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    Perhaps available for free at the local university library... along with countless others.
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    What is love (intimate love)? Is love a natural psychosexual instinct gone emotionally elaborated throughout the course of earthly history and evolution into this biochemically emotional feature called love? is love just biochemistry of nature initiated via bioelectricity within the sexual psyche embedded within the mind, or something profound, or meaningful (as the majority populace believe)?

    i'm a virgin with his own conclusion.

    kind of like asking what is porn, legalized prostitution called entertainment, or just adult entertainment?
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    It's one kind of attraction that makes people want to have sex, and a different kind of attraction that makes people want to stay together for life or at least long enough to raise the children. That, of course, is also important for the perpetuation of the species.
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    i read an article, although i dont know who it was by, was that love is just an addiction to the dopamine produce with intercourse, kissing, touching, etc. and that it evolved cuz when our ancestors were to busy tryin not to be eaten by lions and such, it helped them carry on the species. dopamine from love produces withdrawls and mixed emotions like other drugs.
    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
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