Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy... when you have a crush.
Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman related the phenomenon of having a crush to feeling addicted to drugs. Here's what happens to your brain and your body when you're crushing on someone:
- Stress and reward systems in the brain are activated. "Associated with stimulation, action and revving up the mind and body in some manner," Freeman tells Elite Daily. "The actions of those systems cause us to feel 'giddy, excited, and nervous.'"
- Your body releases norepinephrine, dopamine and endogenous opioids.
- "Norepinephrine takes us to a heightened level of attention. It's what causes our bodies to have a physical reaction (like sweaty palms and a racing heart).
- Dopamine influences your "mood, attention, and motivation." Your body will "feel more motivated, energized, and attentive simply by the thought of [your crush]," she says.
- Endogenous opioids is what makes you actually like being attracted to another person — basically, this makes you enjoy having a crush.
Source: Elite Daily; photo: Getty Images