Love 2.0 Barbara Fredrickson Analysis

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The excerpt from “Love 2.0” by Barbara Fredrickson dispels the common beliefs of emotional love in favor for a biological viewpoint. For most people, love is seen as an intense emotion felt between two or more people who have a deep connection with one another. It is often limited to a small group who instantly click with each other and can trust each other with their lives. While this may seem dramatic, Fredrickson offers her own biological perspective in her essay to explain these phenomena and to disprove others that actually keep people from love. Love is not unconditional or exclusive, it includes everyone who gives off a positive resonance and is open to the love a person is willing to give. This is made possible through synchronizing …show more content…
When looking for love, people often focus in on the fine details of the person they are interested and pay special attention to what they are saying. The vagus nerve, the nerve that connects the brain to the heart, allows people to look for these fine details by “…[stimulating] tiny facial muscles that better enable you to make eye contact and synchronize your facial expressions with another person. It even adjusts the miniscule muscles of your middle ear so you can better track the other person’s voice against any background noise” (118). The body is constantly on the lookout for love and adjusts itself in this way to increase the likelihood of finding it. By utilizing it we can better find love in everyday settings and extend that deep love to all people we meet. This the kind of attention and interaction is what the body craves. As social beings, any small interaction, from facial synchronization to intimate conversation, is like love to our body. The body needs these love interactions as much as it needs emotional and physical health. The vagal tone, the vagus nerves linkage between heart rate and breathing, promotes that health “…across a whole host of domains-physical, mental, and social. They simply adapt better to their ever-shifting circumstances, albeit completely at nonconscious levels” (119). Higher …show more content…
Through the brain, two become one in the way their brain activity is in sync. While the synchronization is special, it is not exclusive to the few people they know. It can be spread to those who give off a positive resonance and are open to a love interaction. Oxytocin, or the trust hormone, allows people to become more trusting of the people around them but without losing their sense of danger. However, this trust requires mutual cooperation and care to enact this sense of love between two people. In this case, the only thing holding someone back from receiving love from strangers as well as giving it, is their own walls they put up to guard themselves. They may also feel less fear in meeting new people due to a heightened ability to see the sincerity in others. Finally, the vagus nerve and vagal tone allows for people to focus on the finer details of love. They can narrow in on specific parts of a person and better their relationship due to their focus. Health is also a focal point in being able to go out and find that love. Without it, you’re body cannot obtain the physical and mental interactions it needs. These are all simply factors in how people can find love and understand the smaller details to make it stronger. Biological factors tie down these dreamy ideas of love into something more

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