The idea of love at first sight isn’t new (lookin’ at you, Romeo and Juliet). But since Shakespeare’s days, neurologists have discovered a lot about what love does to our brains on a biological level. We now know that hormones and chemicals influence our decision-making and interpretation of events. We’ve coldly categorized love into specific stages, types and communication styles. Yet, there’s still something magically immeasurable about love at first sight, which is probably why 56 percent of Americans believe in it. So, what is that feeling—and is love at first sight real?
Gabrielle Usatynski, MA, a licensed professional counselor and author of the forthcoming book, The Power Couple Formula, says, “The question of whether or not love at first sight is real depends on what we mean by the word ‘real.’ If the question is, ‘Can we fall in love at first sight?’ The answer is yes. If the question is, ‘Is love at first site love?’ Well, that depends on how you define the word ‘love.’”
Everyone’s definition may be different, so consider that as you read all about the marvel that is love at first sight.