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Is romantic love truly addictive? Are there no pure forms of romantic love?

Romantic love is often quoted as being addictive. It is suggested that the human brains thirsts for love and when it finds it, it latches on to it. So, then are there no pure forms of love?

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    Apr 1 2014: .
    Love is symbiosis.
    It has to be additive.
    Otherwise, human species can not survive.

    (All are our ancestors' successful experiences saved in DNA)
  • Apr 1 2014: I have to be patient
    Remember what I want
    Keep this feeling
    Wait for the moment
    Stay strong
    Till I can stand alone
    Living my life my way

    I think that when you fall in love you can't pretend
    And I'm sure that it is addictive!
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    Mar 28 2014: only words, and euphoria
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    Mar 22 2014: As 7 of 9 opined "love is simply a series of bio-chemical responses that triggers an emotional cascade impairing normal functioning". Since we already have tons of research detailing the effects of out of control biochemical responses in the human body the "love" thing would surely fall into the addictive category.

    Remember, if the desire to procreate is dominant in the emotional and/or physical response, then that has much more to do with how we are hard wired to procreate than it does with any thing else.
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      Apr 1 2014: .
      Bio-chemicals are the information packages
      of our ancestors' successful experiences.
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        Apr 1 2014: agreed, hence the hard wiring that has perpetrated the species so prolifically.
  • Mar 22 2014: They exchanged a look
    after a minute her voice shook
    when her whispering died, she cried
    never wants to recover, she cried
    don't talk to me about love!
    yesterday's shattered
    tomorrow doesn't matter
    -Altered Images
  • Mar 21 2014: Dopamine. Don't ask me. Find out for yourself.
  • Mar 20 2014: “Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love", which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
    ― Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Mar 20 2014: Love means only one thing, " To live happily till death" all others are just body attractions to satisfy an urge and its often misunderstood for love.
    If a couple feels that they are in love and marries, Till death they should live with each other facing and adjusting all misunderstandings. A break inbetween in the form of divorce or in any other form would simply mean that they did not unite based on love.

    Just my opinion