Unrequited love is the absolute pits.
Admitting that you’re head over heels for someone who quite plainly ain’t interested is the emotional equivalent of setting yourself on fire.
But maybe those situations will soon be a thing of the past, because one scientist claims that love potions might exist in the future.
Dr. Anders Sandberg is a senior research fellow and trained computational neuroscientist at the University of Oxford and he claims that one of the main reasons we fall in love is that our babies can’t look after themselves.
He told Broadly that unlike baby horses who can walk hours after being born, for example, human babies are completely useless.
‘So from an evolutionary point of view, we need to make sure parents stay together to give their offspring the best chance of survival. That’s where pair-bonding systems come into play.’
Falling in love is all to do with the release of oxytocin and vasopressin by the brain’s dopamine system – the effects of which are similar to taking a stimulant.
A future love potion could soon exist, Dr Sandberg claims, by creating a mixture of oxytocin, vasopressin and CPH. That would then need to affect the right part of the brain, mimicking what happens naturally in the frontal lobe – the bit which tells us that we want to be with a certain person.
At the rate that we’re researching and finding out more about how our brains work, he reckons that we’ll have a potion ready within the next ten years.
It’s worth pointing out that although an actual love potion used on strangers might be tantamount to date rape, Dr Sandberg sees the development as being a great thing for existing relationships.
‘When you’re already in love with someone, emotions can change over time,’ he says.
What if there was a way of topping up that love that might be starting to fade?’