However, more often than not, that feeling fades away within 6 months to 2 years, especially if you overdo it and spend way too much time together in the early stages. The more contact you have, the faster you come back down to earth.
Afterwards you’re left facing the real human being you met, with all his flaws, foibles and irritating habits. It’s at this point that you’re beginning to wonder if you’re with the “wrong” man because that “in love” feeling has gone and things have become quite boring.
Being in love is addictive – all these feel-good brain chemicals get released into your system, placing you on a long-lasting high. The neuro-transmitters responsible for your addiction are:
==> Dopamine: This powerful “drug” activates the reward centres of the brain and makes you feel a deep sense of pleasure as you gaze upon your lovely mate.
==> Adrenalin: Keeps the arousal and excitement high as well as sharpens your focus on the pursuit of your object of desire.
==> Oxytocin: Gives you that warm, enveloping peace and comfort following great sex, making you want to cuddle. Huge amounts of oxytocin are also released following the birth of a child or when you hug your pet, ensuring that your desire to nurture, trust and remain loyal is activated to the max. The (sort-of) equivalent male hormone is called vasopressin.
==> Beta-endorphin: A naturally occurring opiate that induces feelings of pleasure, resistance to pain, euphoria and dependency on a partner.
==> Anandamide: The “bliss” neurotransmitter generates motivation and pleasure (it can also be found in raw cacao!)
==> Phenylethylamine: Is produced during the infatuation stage and promotes elevated mood, alertness, confidence, openness to risk and a state of excitement. Levels also spike at orgasm and ovulation (found in raw cacao!)
==> Opiods: The euphoria of being “truly, madly, deeply” in love is very similar to a cocaine high, giving rise to a sense of being “addicted” to your mate.
Our biology can’t maintain this romantic “high” forever, so progressing from the “in love” stage to the “in reality” stage can feel like quite a disappointment.
From this point, it becomes each person’s responsibility to consciously create loving attitudes and behaviours towards their partner; this is difficult to maintain when you have a busy life and are under pressure from so many stressors.
If one or both of you neglects the responsibility of doing the personal growth necessary to maintain the love and freshness in your relationship, then a pervasive sense of boredom creeps in until you realise that you've fallen “out of love” with your mate.
The primary symptom of this state is experienced as a loss of sexual desire for him, which in turn acts as a barometer of the emotional health of your relationship.
However, there are many creative ways to bring your relationship back to life if you’re willing to make a commitment to work through the issues.
This is especially true if your relationship has the following qualities:
- You enjoy his company
- You’re friendly with each other
- The relationship feels comfortable
- You are close
- You laugh together
- You share important things
However, your relationship is in deep trouble if one or both of you experience the following:
- Feeling shut down by the other
- A ratio of more than one negative comment for every five positive comments
You may think that learning some “strategies” in couples’ therapy will give you the answers, but it will not. The reality is that there’s only one way that works and that is for each of you to take responsibility for doing your own personal development work (either individually or as a couple) because that way you can have a more lasting, fulfilling connection that doesn't grind to a halt in emotional gridlock.
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