The Pattern Of Falling In Love: Helen Fisher's Theory


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This helps you focus your energy on just one partner:

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1. This aspect of love helps you stay long enough with a partner to raise your child together and share parental duties:

2. A person may have a genetic predisposition to be lustful towards a certain kind of person. They may have sex with them, become attracted to them, and then become attached. Attachment can then be mediated by a cuddle hormone, known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Love is a powerful force, and we still struggle to understand exactly what mechanisms are involved in who we love, and why. Learn about Fisher's theory of falling in love, and use the interactive quiz/worksheet combo to help you review and recall the details of her theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on vocabulary such as:

  • Lust
  • Dopamine
  • Attraction
  • Attachment
  • Oxytocin
  • Norepinephrine

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information about the mechanisms Fisher identified that influence the choice of a partner
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about how lust, attraction, and attachment work together
  • Knowledge application -use your knowledge to answer questions about the pattern of falling in love

Additional Learning

To learn more about Fisher's theory of falling in love, review the accompanying lesson, The Pattern of Falling in Love: Helen Fisher's Theory. The objectives addressed include:

  • Recognize the pattern of falling in love, according Fisher
  • Define imprinting, and understand its role in choice of partners
  • Differentiate between and define lust and attraction
  • Understand the relationship between the emotions of love and their biological purpose
  • Know how chemicals released during sex impact bonding and emotion
  • Recognize the complexity of the love process, and that there are still unanswered questions about the nature of love