This is more than just feelings and a rush of chemicals, though it contains elements of a strong bond that might be chemical in origin.
You felt all those chemical reactions and a strong desire to be together, maybe felt an almost overwhelming attraction for each other.
If you are like most of us, you experienced this more than once in life, perhaps many times before you eventually found the one you committed to spending your life with.
That likely does not make you feel any better about the situation you are facing, but it is something you should keep in mind as you try to decide what you are going to do.
The idea of romantic love as the entire foundation of marriage is what makes this question something to consider.
Yet in spite of all that emotional investment and mind-warping feelings, those relationships usually ended. All of those feeling are related to what is called limerence.
It might result in “real” love, but it feels like the emotional equivalent of running logic and clear thinking through a blender.
It has been known for some time that early phase romance is marked by our brain being bombarded by a chemical soup that includes chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, norepinephrine and testosterone, along with the often talked about Phenethylamine (PEA).
Together these chemicals cause us to feel short of breath, increase our heart rate, sharpen the focus of our attention and make us more aware of and more sensitive to nonverbal signals and cues.
* As relates to sacrifice, often one will discover (or feel) that his or her sacrifice was much greater than what the other person had to sacrifice, and this can lead to resentment and disillusionment.
* Sacrifice is one factor that sometimes drives an affair.
A large percentage last two or three years, while a few last a lifetime.