Blame it on the Amygdala… Love Edition: Why We Do The Things We Do, The Way We Do It

Love Edition: Why We Do The Things We Do, The Way We Do It
What are Emotions?
It’s a mental state associated with the nervous system brought on by chemical changes variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioural responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure.

Surprisingly, Love is not even amongst the 10 basic emotions; in essence love is not an emotion, it’s a drive(Helen Fisher, Tedtalk 2006). It’s concocted from varies of brain wave signals from the lympic region specially the Amydala; love is stronger than an emotion, more powerful because its impulse is from the brain region – dopamine – for rush of cocaine(narcotics).

In this personal journey called “Life” we do not only seek but yearn for meaning out of life, understanding, acceptance and companionship. We crave purpose. We all want to know why we are part of this race. Drifting through life while distributing our time across obligations, work, family, passion; trying to find ourselves but the mystery is none of us gets to know whether we succeeded or failed till we hit the grave, continuing the journey of the unknown In the process, we result to getting a life partner, someone to mirror our visions, dreams, get a sense of earthly mission, ease the loneliness and perpetual search for answers.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with one another. – Thomas Merton

For the sake of Attention and Affection, we cultivate love by allowing our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, honouring the spiritual connection that grows from the exchange of trust, respect, kindness and affection whilst letting ourselves glow in the mere sense of it. The best part of living is the revelation of greater wisdom and immense beauty we experience the more we seek to find ourselves.

In essence, we’re best positioned to love someone else, don’t grow weary when your heart looks to be held and soothed despite the weather not being cold, you still feel chilly.

Ekeh, Angel

Political Science department