Butterflies in the stomach: that’s what they want to tell us

A tingling in the stomach area, such a sinking feeling. Somehow tingling and titillating, you feel jittery and energetic. Although again your knees go weak in no time – every time you see him, he writes to you or his number appears on your display.Butterflies in the stomach, that simply sums it up! And that’s exactly why the phrase has also become established. So that today everyone understands: If you feel the little flutterworms near your stomach, you are – slightly or even head over heels – in love!

Why "butterflies in the stomach?

Perhaps people in love have already told their sweetheart "because of you I have butterflies in my stomach", but The American writer Florence Converse is still considered the discoverer of the winged messengers of love (1871-1967). In her novel "The House of Prayer" published in 1908 ("The House of Prayer") uses the term "butterflies in the stomach", to describe an initially innocent, inexperienced infatuation. Since then, the winged worms have become a winged word and as such have conquered the entire English and German-speaking world.

And why butterflies in the stomach?

However, the origin of the metaphor in no way clarifies the cause of the feeling or physical condition it describes. Where does that tingle in the stomach come from when we are in love with someone? The butterflies are not imaginary, we feel them fluttering through our whole body . or? Yes, we do! Only what we call butterflies are in truth Hormones, nerve pathways and stimuli of our autonomic nervous system (well, there’s no Nobel Prize for Literature for biology&♀️).

Butterflies in the stomach – an alarm signal of our body

The fact is that when we are in love, our body is in a kind of state of alarm. From a medical point of view, being in love is pure stress. That is, actually stress with a flavor of depression and well . Madness. The following processes take place in the phase of falling in love:

  • The production of "Aufputsch-Hormones Dopamine and adrenaline (or. noradrenalin) rises. Consequence: palpitations, restlessness, panic (for example, if he suddenly runs into us), tingling (especially in the abdomen), but also particularly high performance and "invulnerability".
  • The Serotonin level sinks. Consequence: Depressive mood and fear (for example, at the thought of losing him), longing (for whom, I wonder?) . ), fixation on the adored one (similar to an addiction).
  • The production of the neurotransmitter Oxytocin rises. Consequence: Attachment, fidelity, fading out of negative qualities (rose-colored glasses!).

Even if these are by no means all the physical processes that are triggered in us by falling in love, they are at least the best documented and they explain the majority of the symptoms – how the butterflies. Which by the way after about one year at the latest fly out: Because then the chaos in our body settles by itself and our being in love turns into either love or desire for a new flirt.

Why do the butterflies in the stomach sound the alarm??

It is still not really clear why it causes us such stress when we fall in love, i.e. why it comes to this so called Limerence comes. But why do we fall in love at all? To find the right one! A life partner who satisfies our longing for love, accompanies us and suits us. And because true love is not as easy to recognize as its stressful precursor (unless, of course, you know the signs of love&), our body sounds the alarm so that we give potential candidates a chance and open our heart to them. This would be a possible, simple explanation.

But seriously: Do we really have to know everything all the time?? Or isn’t it sometimes enough to just feel it too .

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