Attraction

attractionIn the simplest terms, attraction is the force that draws one object towards another one.  The preposterous force of connection between lovers or potential lovers for most of us is amerced in more mystery than the Bermuda Triangle and Area 51 combined.  From our first pre-teen crush to the love of our life we are quite naturally programmed through our genes to feel this mysterious connecting force and all the time from first spying the object of our connective desire to the ultimate point of acceptance or rejection whether a few seconds or several years is riddled with Hitchcockian suspense.

Until now the electrical processes in the brain involved in attraction have been impossible to identify or quantify, we did not have the technology.  From the beginning of civilization attraction has been in the domain of philosophers, artists, writers and musicians and their metaphorical descriptions of the feelings and power of love have had to serfice in providing a placebo of understanding to the mystery.   Socrates wrote:   “By all means marry, if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy.  If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” Freud wrote:  “. . . it becomes inevitable that science should concern herself with the same materials whose treatment by artists has given enjoyment to mankind for thousands of years.” Up to the 1980’s the US and other governments declared that funds spent on the psychological research of love attraction was a waste of taxpayer money, however during that same time funding for $600 a piece government building toilet seats was easy to come by.

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