Elu­sive symp­toms of fall­ing in love

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Ju­lia Hor­ton

IT is a fa­mil­iar feel­ing that has in­spired thou­sands of works by gen­er­a­tions of writ­ers, poets and mu­si­cians.

But a study has found that fall­ing in love may not be the dra­matic shock to the sys­tem it was once thought to be.

Re­searchers at Stir­ling Univer­sity say it is eas­ier to spot when other peo­ple are in love than it is to re­alise you have fallen for some­one your­self.

The find­ings from an on­go­ing in­ter­na­tional study were re­vealed in a talk on the ‘science of love’ in Stir­ling yes­ter­day by aca­demic Dr Car­rie Jenk­ins, based in Canada.

She said: ‘When peo­ple are talk­ing about oth­ers they of­ten talk about things you can vis­ually see, like “There’s some­thing about their face or their eyes”, “They have a glow” or “You can just see it in their eyes”.

‘Par­tic­i­pants talk­ing about know­ing when some­one else is in love also talk about them be­ing smi­ley or talk­ing about the per­son they are in love with all the time.

‘That does not re­ally come up at all when study par­tic­i­pants are talk­ing about them­selves. Peo­ple might no­tice an­other per­son talk­ing about some­one all the time but they might not no­tice them­selves do­ing that.’

She added: ‘Might it ac­tu­ally be eas­ier to say when some­one else is in love, than to an­swer the same ques­tion about one­self? This would be a sur­pris­ing re­ver­sal of the usual as­sump­tion.’

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