Mensa research is shown again to be ahead of the academic community. An article in the November 1981 Ecphorizer,1 by Dr. A. Fish, described the phenomenon of sexual decay in H. Sapiens. Further research into the matter, by this author, was reported in the March, 1982 edition of this erudite publication.2 In my earlier treatise, the psychochemical basis for the sexual [quoteright'/>decay phenomenon was described, including the identification of the Lust Extinction Factor (LEF), the hormone Lustorphin, and the Lustorphin Releasing Factor (LORF).
The basic premises of the preceding articles was the description of how H. Sapiens finds and loses interest in particular sex partners, and this "chemistry" phenomenon can be explained physiologically.
The March 28, 1983 edition of the Brain/Mind Bulletin contains a review of Michael Liebowitz' new book, The Chemistry of Love. According to Liebowitz, "The differences in how people react to positive and negative romantic experiences are determined by differences in the way they respond biologically to these situations. The intensity of one's excitement on meeting someone new, how long the 'honeymoon' lasts or the depth of a post-romance depression are ultimately determined by the changes that occur in our brain chemistry and hpw long those changes persist."3
Liebowitz speculates that attraction works like amphetamines in the brain, increasing the heart rate, elevating the mood and raising the levels of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, dopamine and phenylethylamine.
According to Liebowitz, we secrete endorphins when we are in close relationships. Endorphins may inhibit feelings of separation, serving as a kind of "glue" to keep people together. (Liebowitz has not quite discovered Lustorphin and the relationship to H. Sapiens gestation period - but he's close).
Further, "falling in love is biologically easy because our nervous systems respond to novelty. Staying in love is another story." Especially when fighting the Lust Extinction Factor - remember, you read it first in the Ecphorizer.
1. Fish, A., "Sexual Decay in H. Sapiens," in THE ECPHORIZER, 3:8 (Nov 81).
2. Nother, A., "The Psycho-chemistry of Sexual Decay in H. Sapiens," in THE ECPHORIZER, 7:9 (Mar 82).
3. "'Chemistry' of romance may be located in brain," BRAIN/MIND BULLETIN, 7:4 (March 28, 1983).
A. Nother, Ph.D.
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