February is the month of love... or maybe it's more lust. But whatever gets you going, take heart that there is something being developed that may smooth the path of love for any would-be lotharios. According to the Telegraph newspaper, a love spray being developed by United States scientists.
Part aromatherapy, part pure science, scientists are studying the brain chemistry responsible for the complex feelings that draw us to a particular person. The article says, in part:
Animal testing is beginning to shed light on the complex neural and genetic components of love in the same way they have led to pharmaceutical therapies for anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorders. Drugs that manipulate brain systems to enhance or diminish our love for another may not be far away.
Experiments have already shown a nasal squirt of the hormone oxytocin enhances trust and tunes people into others' emotions. Studies are under way in Australia to determine whether an oxytocin spray might aid marital therapy. The hormone interacts with the reward and reinforcement system driven by the neuro-transmitter dopamine – the same circuitry that drugs such as nicotine, cocaine and heroine act on in humans to produce euphoria and addiction. Dopamine-related reward regions of the human brain are active in mothers viewing images of their child. Similar activation patterns are seen in people looking at photographs of their lovers.
So maybe you want to send your love interest a special bouquet this Valentine's Day? Ah if only florists could develop a flower that gives off the scent of oxytocin! While we wait for the scientists, here is an array of other love potions.
FutureScopes.com is a great astrology and new age website - full of interesting and useful articles and offering a wonderful links section to some wonderful astrology horoscope sites.
In addition to offering links to daily, weekly, monthly and yearly horoscopes, the site has a dating section, zodiac compatibility, aromatherapy advice and even a chat component. It is very relationship oriented and I think you can find some answers to some love and sex questions. There are also a range of interesting articles on a variety of new age subjects. Check it out.
As it turns out, we really can't tell when someone is lying. That is despite what we are lead to believe by such television programs as "Lie to Me". Apparantly according to the Washington Post, it is virtually impossible to know when someone is lying.
Brain studies actually show that lying is a natural response that does not cause any unusual brain patterns or activity and therefore cannot be measured accurately and consistently. So body language, hints of facial expressions and certain actions are simply unreliable. Oh dear.
Lie To Me is based on the entirely serious work of Paul Ekman, the famed psychologist and author, who sold Fox his professional life rights for the series and acts as its consultant. Ekman, 75, has spent more than four decades studying nonverbal communication and its sexy sidekick, truth detection. His firm runs seminars for people -- say, security staffers at airports -- who want to study his "micro-expression expression training tool" system to see who might actually be dangerous. Here's the kicker: You can't. "We've been testing people's ability to discern a lie for 15 years now and haven't noticed any real change over that time," he says in a telephone interview. "We've tested about 15,000 people in every profession you can think of -- CIA, judges, lawyers. Less than 1 percent are any good at it. Most people are only at about the level of flipping a coin." He writes: "Most liars can fool most of the people most of the time."
Even those folks who specialize in lie detection such as police or FBI interrogaters (and who are good at their jobs) are not good at detecting lies at home. Cops are good at detecting lies about crimes and therapists are good at detecting lies about emotions but in their personal lives they are clueless.
Aries are driven, bold, robust and very sexy but they don't go after just anybody. Here are ten ways to get their attention, win their hearts, get their sexual motor running and then wrap them around your finger ... or other body parts.
1. Get their attention by wearing bright and bold colors.
2. They love a challenge. Play a little hard to get .... once you get their attention.
3. Join them in their adventures and show a pioneering spirit. But let them lead.
4. Tell them they are the greatest. They think they are anyway!
5. Ask for their help. They love being the one to save the day.
6. Rub their heads in a sensual massage while they are in repose. It drives them crazy.
7. Don't be too clingy. Give them a little room to maneuver.
8. But don't come on too strong. They make the first move of there is no first move.
9. Celebrate with them and ramp up the energy.
10. They are not subtle souls so too many hints will go over their heads. Be honest, be forthright and be supportive of them.
Colors have very different meanings and can conjure up different reactions in people. Wearing or displaying some colors can spur aggression in others or can make them feel more comfortable. The stuble use and choice of color can help you be more successful in how you perceive yourself and how others view you.
Here is a quick guide:
Red is associated with energy, force, aggression and power. It also shows passion; the stronger the red is the greater the intensity of the passion (like sending red roses for "love" but pink for "friendship".) Red is attributed to the astrology sign of Aries which is powerful, domineering and strong. When you wear red, you naturally feel more in control and out front. If you prefer to blend into the background. avoid wearing too much red.
Yellow is sunshine, happiness, energy, smarts and honor. It is associated with the zodiac sign of Gemini which is sociable, charming, cheery and mentally active. Yellow grabs ones attention. But studies have found that overuse of the color yellow may create too much stress. (Geminis are known to get overstressed easily.) Babies cry more in yellow rooms. But use this color carefully - yellow is not the color of "status" so Capricorns should avoid. If you want to impress, don't cloak yourself in yellow.
Orange is considered joyful because it combines the strength of red with the happiness of yellow. It represents enthusiasm, fascination, creativity, success and stimulation. They say that orange increases oxygen supply to the brain and gives an energizing boost to stimulate brain activity. Because it is a citrus color it is said to stimulate appetite and is associated with healthy food. So a restaurant with an orange color motif may spur diners. Orange is associated with Libra who has a warm personality, loves to attract attention and loves healthy food.
Green is nature, growth, safety, harmony, fertility and freshness. It is said to have great healing power and is a very relaxing color (The "green" room in television is where guests wait to go on air. It is considered a serene and comfortable room and usually has drinks and food to make it more comfortable.) Cancer, with its nurturing personality, love of children and thriftiness (green is the color of money...) can make great use of this range of color.
Blue is also associated with nature: the sky and the sea. And as such, offers depth, stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom and truth. It is a caliming color and is attributed to the sign of Taurus and of Pisces but for different reasons. Taurus for its stability, expertise and solidity and Pisces for its spirituality, purity, healing and relationship to water. Blue supresses appetite so use it carefully around any food situation.
Purple is the perfect combination of stability (of blue) and force (or red) and therefore is associated with power, luxury, wealth and ambition. For Sagittarius it is the color of independence, creativity and magic and for Leo it is the color of royalty and extravagance. Children prefer purple to all other colors.
White conjures up feelings of purity, light, goodness and innocence. Obviously Virgo, with its emphasis on cleanliness, simplicity and virginity does well with this color. White is also high tech and coolness and can therefore work well with the Aquarian personality.
Black is associated with power, elegance and mystery, as is the astrological sign of Scorpio. It can give the feeling of strength, authority and prestige so Capricorn can also use this color to good effect. Since the color black changes perception (wearing a black dress can make you look thinner) you can use it to enhance other colors.