Bending The Laws Of Attraction
Love potions, aphrodisiacs, pheromones. We hear about them in songs, sigh about them in movies, and fantasize about them in -- never mind. Could they actually be real? Are we, as humans, still so primal a being that we can be drawn to one another solely on the basis of scent?
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Fragrances and chemical attaction
Chemical attraction is no myth; it's just a question of what that chemical is. According to Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, testosterone is the only true
aphrodisiac for both men and women. You can trigger the testosterone by doing novel things together because novelty drives another chemical in the brain, dopamine, which will trigger testosterone
and make you feel sexy.
But pheromones alone won't do the trick
"Pheromones help, but they're not the whole picture. They increase your options because they increase the number of people who are interested in being attentive to you," said Dr. Winnifred B. Cutler, a reproductive biologist and the co-discoverer of pheromones in humans, and the president and founder of The Athena Institute, in a recent WebMD chat. "It's only useful to attract numbers if you know what to do when you find someone. It's not the basis, but one of the components. So, if you want to attract someone who loves you, it helps to have a number of candidates. Then it helps to conduct yourself in a way that, when you find the right candidate, that it is the quality of person you'd want to be with. And everybody is somebody's gem."