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Saturday, January 23, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: This Is Your Brain In Love

Dr. Earl Henslin has compiled some very scientific research which will hopefully help the readers of this book improve their love life.   

Not only does he explain the anatomy of the brain (along with a few photos showings scans of the brain), he also explains in great detail how the brain functions and how those functions relate to our emotions.  I found it interesting that research shows when two people meet and are romantically attracted to each other, their brains release chemicals that are as powerful as street drugs! The book refers to this as a “love drunk” brain.  In fact, Dr. Henslin states that a scan of a brain in the beginning stages of romantic passion is very similar to a brain high on cocaine. 

Also very powerful to the brain is Oxytocin which the book refers to as the “superglue” of the heart.  When the brain releases this chemical, it causes a person to “bond” with another.  I REALLY found it interesting that the term “heart broken” isn’t actually that far off physically.  According to Dr. Henslin’s research, there are serotonin receptors in the heart which can actually cause a person to feel pain when they lose someone they love.  In addition to all of the great scientific data (which is quite fascinating if you’re into details), there are also some tests included in this book which you can take to help you determine what type of lover you are.   

 In the back of the book there is a section called “The Joy Diet” which gives you some ideas of the types of foods that are best for brain (and heart) health.   I especially appreciated the section on “Women and Hormones” which offers some great advice and resources.

This book was provided free for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers

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