Love: The Right Chemistry

Anastasia Toufexis provides an insightful explanation on love from a chemical perspective in her article, Love: The Right Chemistry. Toufexis presents an argument that love is based on factors that revolve around biology, evolution and chemistry. The main concept of the article is focused on the development of the romance. The author believes that love is not only focused on the reproductive tract, but for it to be meaningful, the romance must be involved. Love’s main purpose, according to Toufexis is to yield a long-term relationship and partnership that is important for procreation. In an illustration by the author, the argument presented shows that it is ecologically important for a parent in open grassland to pair up with a mate so as to rear young one (Toufexis, pg. 135, par. 5). In an attempt to explain why love lasts for a while, the author quotes, ideas from Hellen Fisher on the Four-Year Itch. In this, Fisher focuses on the time that two parents can be able to raise and offspring. The passion, as she states, towards each other is stronger when there is a new offspring to be raised and she estimates it lasts for tour years. It is then after the four years where one is able to find a new partner and begin the relationship all over again. To support this, Toufexis refers to the divorce statistics that peak around the fourth year.

Toufexis also notes that love is not eternal and that the human pattern can be explained through monogamy and clandestine adultery. The author is keen to note that the chemicals that the composition of the male and females tend to make them get swept away. In her discussion, she mentions the chemicals that are involved in love and they are dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethalamine (PEA) (Toufexis p. 138, par. 10). Based on this, the author created a claim that PEA does not last forever and hence it is a source of passionate love that is often in many cases short lived. Applying the four year itch principle, then begins and endorphins ((Toufexis p. 139, par. 13) takes over by providing security, peace and calm hence it is the source of mature love. The love map is an important aspect that is mentioned and it explains why every person loves one person the most. Toufexis concludes that love and romance are shaped by chemistry, evolution and biology.

REFLECTION

This article is relevant in understanding the chemical perspective of love. It is based on the ideas that love and romance is shaped by chemistry, evolution and biology, the author has been able to rely on evidence to show that this is true. The context that is presented shows that the author is using theoretical facts, like the Four-Year Itch to explain the ideas behind divorce cases presented with the statistics. The perspective that is seen in this case shows that love is not only an abstract process, but it actually is scientific and various chemicals and biology revolves around love.

SHORT SUMMARY

Love: The Right Chemistry” by Anastasia Toufexis, is one of the most insightful articles that explain love from a chemical perspective. The article explaining how romance develops. The main aim of love and romance, according to Anastasia Toufexis, is to bring male and females into long-term partnership, that is essential for child rearing. For example, in page 137, paragraph 5, the author argues that it is ecologically critical for a parent in open grasslands to pair up with a mate to rear the young (Toufexis p. 137, par. 5). The article is based on a thesis statement that love and romance is determined by an organized chemical chain of events beyond the control of an individual.

REFLECTION

In this summary, there was the identification of three major factors that were able to determine the summary’s nature. To start with, in support of the thesis by the author, the short summary was able to reflect on the entire paper in a short and direct manner. The three major factors were chemistry, evolution and biology. In Chemistry we see that love has been subject to various body chemicals as well as the effects they have in love and romance. So as to develop the summary all this has been summed up into one aspect that is known as the chemical which brings people together in a common attraction. The evolution aspect is explained through an ecologically critical for a parent in open grasslands to pair up with a mate to rear the young. This shows the variation of features as well as the traits of human nature that are passed from generation to generation. Biology has been explained through a breakdown of the roles that are allocated to parents. It is presented that love and romance plays a major role in bringing male and females into long-term partnership that is essential for child rearing. The fact that the short summary has been able to explain these in a concise manner shows that the summary has been able to capture all the relevant information of the summary. It is clear that the summary has also used simple and direct examples to pass the point in regard to the overall development of the topic as well as the factors that have led to establishment of love and romance in the chemical, biological and evolutionary fields. Clearly, the main points have been explained in summary but the most important thing is that they are able to relate to the subject and retain the content of the article without making alterations to the author’s thesis statement.