People in the United States celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday recently. All over the country, people gathered with their loved ones to thank them for everything and display their affection. And while this holiday actually comes from thanking for harvest, people have expanded its meaning. However, isn’t it weird that people need a special day to remember why they love the people they love? This idea has inspired a team of scientists in Poland to discover why people actually love each other.
There have been past studies which have focused on certain neurological connections which may trigger the feeling of love in people. However, the team from Poland took a different approach and came to the conclusion that human actually evolved to love each other. The journal Frontiers in Psychology recently published their interesting study on love.
A study on love
In order to obtain the best results, the team of experts chose to conduct their study on the people of the Hazda tribe in Tanzania. They are some of the only people on Earth still living a life which is close to that of our prehistoric ancestors. So, they receive no influence from the outside, like the western society does.
In order to measure love, which is an extremely difficult thing to do, the experts used the so-called triangular love scale. Thanks to it, they were able to measure the passion, intimacy and commitment in relationships among the people of this tribe. It seems that people with a high score on this scale had more success when it came to reproduction.
Also, those measurements were equally influencing both sexes. Moreover, in women, they found a strong connection between passion and reproductive success. In other words, people who were in strong and committed relationships were more likely to have children that would ensure their survival. So, according to the experts, it’s in the human nature to fall in love and seek stable relationships. It’s an evolutionary process, even if the modern society has changed the natural way in which we see love.
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