Love and hate are the two most intense emotions. From a biological perspective, they’re intimately linked within the human brain.
The brain’s circuits for hate are the same as those for romantic love.
Even though love and hate appear to be opposites, they aren’t, at least in the brain and this could explain why they can result in similar acts of heroic and evil deeds.
Two brain structures that are activated in both love and hate are critical to preparing for aggression, possibly to challenge a rival.
One big difference between love and hate is that large parts of the reasoning brain go silent during love and only a small part is quiet in hate. This may be a protective mechanism to keep hate from overwhelming a person resulting in violence and harm. It’s not as dangerous to be consumed by love.
Love and hate are two heads of the same coin.
Join me on Facebook at Dr. Claudia McCulloch.