Love at first sight: is it a real thing?
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While people tend to be initially drawn to someone by physical attraction, there is more that goes into love at first sight. According to Psychology Today, in these moments of intense attraction, you may feel as though you know who the person is. You may perceive that they are kind, honest, or have a great sense of humor due to their features or mannerisms.
While this is not as shallow as basing love purely off of physical attraction, it is still a bit misguided. If you assume someone's personality at first sight, that means it's often based on stereotypes. For example, attractive people are often seen as trustworthy. However, when envisioned characteristics line up with reality, then this can develop into intense love.
One important factor that should also be considered is that there are two major types of love: intense love and profound love. Intense love is comparable to infatuation or the "honeymoon stage" of a relationship. By contrast, profound love is built on experiences and trust, which takes more time to grow.
To summarize, while there is more to love at first sight than we give it credit for, it does not determine whether or not this love will be long-lasting.
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