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  1. Introduction
  2. The role of biology in determining whom people will fall in love with
    1. Society and predispositions
    2. The hypothalamus and the production of attraction factors
  3. The role of personal preferences and personalities
  4. Freudian psychoanalytical thought and the role of the childhood
  5. Differences in brain structure between homosexuals and heterosexuals
  6. Secure and insecure attachments in relationships
    1. Unhealthy relationships
    2. The influence of the society
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

Love has played a significant role in people's lives since they have been able to acknowledge it. Romance appears in almost all aspects of human life from entertainment to politics to business to children's movies. As soon as children can read, write, speak, and understand the world around them, they learn about familial love, friendship, and, most importantly, romantic love. Through romantic love, people resolve problems with parents, find comfort and security, express trust and distrust for the world at large, and answer needs from childhood.

[...] Stenberg, Robert J., Karen Weis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006: 87-106. Fisher, Helen. Why We Love. New York: Henry Holt and Co 99-125. Harris, Christine R. ?Sexual and Romantic Jealousy in Heterosexual and Homosexual Adults.? Psychological Science. Vol No 1. 2002: 7-12. Klein, Rick. ?Gay-rights Proposals Gain in Congress.? Boston Globe Apr. 2007: A1. LeVay, Simon. Difference in Hypothalamic Structure Between Heterosexual and Homosexual Men.? Science. Vol No Aug. 1991: 1034-1037. Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York: Dutton 489-491. [...]

[...] hypothalamus, which increases attraction (Berglund 8269) and controls the release of dopamine, giving the subject an extra boost of courage to approach his or her object of attraction. Simon LeVay found differences in the hypothalamic structures between heterosexual men and heterosexual women and heterosexual men and homosexual men, with the homosexuals' hypothalami more closely resembling heterosexual women (1034). This could account for the different ways in which homosexuals and heterosexuals process AND and EST. Homosexual men process the pheromones more similarly to heterosexual women than men and homosexual women process them partially like both heterosexual men and women (Berglund 8269-8270). [...]

[...] While insecurity may appear more in homosexuals still developing their sexual identity (at the peak of vulnerability), it appears that heterosexuals tend to be more maladapted to relationships and experience insecure attachments more often. These insecure attachments may take the form of anxious or avoidant. Anxiously attached people, more often women than men, doubt their worthiness and need others' acceptance. This parasitic personality leads to clinginess, excessive closeness, concern for being ejected, and bouts of jealousy and conflict (Cooper 245). [...]

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