When we see someone who captures our attention and suddenly, inexplicably – love at first sight – we feel an intense attraction towards them, is this a real phenomenon or just something that happens in our imagination?
by David Stone
Some experts believe that love at first sight truly exists – and they have some pretty compelling evidence to back up their claim.
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, among others, confirm that people are able to form strong impressions about others within milliseconds of seeing them.
Researchers generally said that a combination of sexual attraction, genetic preference and some peculiar sort of narcissism were behind the sensation. Some found, reports say, that first love arose from recognizing someone like themselves. Really…
Anyone who’s had the experience of love at first sight is likely to identify completely with the scientific rationale. More likely, they see science scrambling to explain away something they don’t understand.
But it’s not just our eyes that are drawn to these features – our brains actually show heightened activity in areas associated with romantic love when we see someone who strikes our fancy.
Love at First Sight Is Real, But Still Mysterious
This suggests that love at first sight may be more than just a fleeting feeling or the result of physical attraction. It could be an actual biological response to seeing someone we’re drawn to.
Or, as many will attest, it’s spiritual or otherwise intangible, a response outside the range of scientific exploration so far.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that love at first sight is a sure thing. After all, many people feel attracted to others initially only to realize later on that they are not compatible.
But if you’ve experienced love at first sight and you’re wondering if it’s real or just your imagination, the answer is probably – yes.
So embrace those feelings and go after what you want.
After all, as Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”