Is Love a Psychosis? A drug? Why Does It Make Us Crazy?

“Love is the sea where intellect drowns.” – Rumi

 Is love a psychosis or a drug?

People do crazy things while in love. We’ve heard of killings, magical spells and more lengths people go while in love. It seems to be unpredictable and uncontrollable… so is love a psychosis? Why do we do such CRAZY things???

Probably because romantic love is not true love. True love is when you make the conscious commitment to the relationship and bettering each other. Romantic love is more superficial. An obession. If you check the symptoms of romantic love, you will find these symptoms identical to accepted diagnostic for mental illness or a psychosis. It’s a manipulation of your mind. True love is not.

At the beginning of a new romance, most people lose touch with reality. You ever witness a friend in a new romance where they describe their new love interest as the most amazing thing in the world and when you meet said person, they seem so…. mediocre? Or have you, yourself, looked back at your exes wondering “What was I thinking??” It is because when in romantic love, the brain overdoses on brain chemicals that resemble drugs. These “drugs” cause something similar to a psychosis. It releases brain chemicals like vasopressin, dopamine and adrenaline.

Most people do not make good decisions under love psychosis. They think their partner is better than they are and they experience mood swings like ecstasy then anxiety. The biochemicals in the brain change and produce symptoms similar to mental illnesses such as obsessive- compulsive disorder. 


Is it a drug?

One of the many ways love makes us “crazy” is: Love gives you a literal high. The same neural system in your brain linked to drug addiction becomes active. Are you likely to make good decisions on drugs?…..Love dumbs you down. People in love are less able to focus and perform certain tasks. Love also increases risky behavior such breaking the law or skydiving.

That being said, there is good news when your partner is starting to get annoying, less attractive and less kind…. That means your psychotic episode is fading! Now you’re back to reality. Reality allows us to self reflect more accurately, practice relationship skills such as communication and compassion. This is a chance to build a bond based on REALITY.

There are health benefits to true love based on reality such as:

  1. Healing quicker
  2. Living longer
  3. Boost immune system
  4. Lower blood pressure
  5. Better heart health
  6. Higher pain tolerance

Interestingly enough, there are drugs that that give you the very same benefits. It makes one wonder if mind power is just as potent as drugs. We all know about the placebo effect.

We conclude that love is similar to both. What do you think? Is love a psychosis, a drug or both?

How well do you know your true love?

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