It started with “hello”

family, friends, and exes, oh my! same neurotransmitter, different relationships.
family, friends, and exes, oh my! same neurotransmitter, different relationships.

Whether we admit it or not, we all care. We can act like we don’t crush on our best friend, or like we don’t call our ex sobbing every time we’re drunk, but the truth is we’ve all been there.

But I want to know why.

Romantics will tell you it is love, philosophers will tell you it is fate, and frat stars will tell you it is alcohol. But me? I’m telling you it’s oxytocin…and maybe some of that other stuff.

What is oxytocin? It is the neurotransmitter either ruining or enhancing your life. It is said to most be commonly released during “hugging, touching, and orgasm in both sexes.” Yes, boys, you’ve got the bonding chemical in you, too. It is the source of human connection, bonding, trust, and generosity.

Now, now, I am not discrediting love and affection as merely a chemical reaction, so before I offend the hopeless romantics of the world, love exists. And yes, I’ve been in love. It was simultaneously the best and worst feeling in the world so, naturally, I want to quantify it. To understand it. And if you’ve read this far, maybe you do too.

It’s similar to religion: we all want something to believe in. Something that makes sense when nothing else does. So if you’re wondering why you can’t stop crushing on that guy that never calls you back, or why you adore your best friend even though she’s a hot mess, here’s something to believe in, or at least to blame: gosh darn oxytocin.

This blog will analyze relationships. Not just the ones where you meet each other’s parents or “netflix and chill” every time you’re drunk on a Friday night, but all of them. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the “what-the-duck.”

Inspiration:

-The simplicity of this blog was inspired by this (Give It Some Shots) coffeeshop blog by a former student, while the random bolding and font choices are supported by this (The Organic Lifestyle) one.

-The semi-cynical approach to love and other chemicals can also be found at this (Dealing With Dbags)blog by another CP student about how douchebags are unavoidable (so true, but we’ll get to that later).

-And then here are some other blogs about love and relationships…if you’re into that sort of thing.

Freedom and Stuff

Sex Love & Rock N Roll

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