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Old 11-29-2005, 02:54 PM   #1
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Scientists Say Passionate Love Lasts Only One Year

Reuters Nov. 29, 2005

ROME - Your heartbeat accelerates, you have butterflies in the stomach, you feel euphoric and a bit silly. It’s all part of falling passionately in love—and scientists now tell us the feeling won’t last more than a year.

The powerful emotions that bowl over new lovers are triggered by a molecule known as nerve growth factor (NGF), according to Pavia University researchers.

The Italian scientists found far higher levels of NGF in the blood of 58 people who had recently fallen madly in love than in that of a group of singles and people in long-term relationships.

But after a year with the same lover, the quantity of the ‘love molecule’ in their blood had fallen to the same level as that of the other groups.

The Italian researchers, publishing their study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, said it was not clear how falling in love triggers higher levels of NGF, but the molecule clearly has an important role in the "social chemistry" between people at the start of a relationship.
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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I´m positive that in a couple of decades couples can go to get their yearly NGF shot. I wonder if its gonna help?
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:12 PM   #3
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I've found that it lasts much longer (going on 16 years....)
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wtf do scientists know. 7 years and still counting
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:54 PM   #5
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I guess it's easier and a "cop out" to say that a molecule is responsible for passion.

I know very little about all of this but couldn't one say that passion requires work and effort? From what I've seen, people lose passion and attraction for each other when the more difficult aspects of their relationships aren't working and they aren't making much of an effort. I'd say if you are still passionately in love w/ someone after many years of marriage that is special, and requires quite a bit of work. That ephemeral passion and lust for someone is easy, love isn't.
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Re: Scientists Say Passionate Love Lasts Only One Year

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Holy shit thats a long word...try saying that 10 times fast
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lol, I thought the same thing

I could get passionate for a guy who knew that word and could spell it
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yes what the fuck do scientists know
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20 years I have felt this way toward a ROCK STAR>guess who? and more years toward my husband. I am very surprised at this finding, one must of found it in a Cracker Jack box.....remember them??Im in love with them too and fortune cookies!!
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It actually seems about right to me, lol. But I'm talking about when your stomach flips with excitement and your heart pounds when the phone rings and you sit around day-dreaming about your lover all day and you can't concentrate very well on other things and you can't keep your hands off each other when you're together. Of course I know couples who've been together for 20 years who are still very affectionate with each other and have passionate sex but it's very different from that falling in love phase. The love just deepens and transforms. So they tell me.
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What do scientists know anyway??? Maybe their marriages didn't last past a year 'cos they spent all their time in the lab
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lol, I thought the same thing

I could get passionate for a guy who knew that word and could spell it
I know the word! And can spell it...but I am thinking I'm not what you're looking for

I agree with joyful. Could the body or heart cope with that kind of pressure constantly, longterm? I'd be guessing not.
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It actually seems about right to me, lol. But I'm talking about when your stomach flips with excitement and your heart pounds when the phone rings and you sit around day-dreaming about your lover all day and you can't concentrate very well on other things and you can't keep your hands off each other when you're together.


this sounds very familiar to me right now ...
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I agree with joyful. Could the body or heart cope with that kind of pressure constantly, longterm? I'd be guessing not.
I'd like to find out
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it lasts seven years for him.
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