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Dating can be a tricky nut to crack. Love is often the ultimate goal, but sometimes it can feel if you are landing one dud after another. Sometimes we wish there was a scientific formula that we could follow.
Luckily, a psychologist has come up with just that. In order to find love, you need to follow this formula: DDS = (PA x R) / S.
While it may look confusing to begin with, psychologist Dr Aria Campbell-Danesh explains that the ‘DDS’ means dopamine dating success, ‘PA’ is perceived attraction, ‘R’ stands for romantic resilience, and ‘S’ stands for stress.
"Those that master the art of moderating and controlling factors related to dopamine (the "feel-good" hormone), will be the most successful when it comes to sparking intrigue in the initial phases of dating," Dr Campbell-Danesh, who partnered with Seeking.com to come up with the formula, says.
"The study shows that one in three Brits are in the dark as to the role of dopamine in their love lives, despite it playing such an important role when dating."
Dr Campbell-Danesh explains that dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure, reward and motivation, and plays a big part in the initial stages of dating as it can cause intense feelings.
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"As time rolls on, the biochemical love story can change. So, as we progress through the early dating stages, we should be asking ourselves how to transform these intense sparks into lasting flames," Dr Campbell-Danesh says.
"The secret ingredient? Embracing science-backed strategies to boost resilience, and reduce chronic stress, so you're not just dreaming of love; you're engineering it."
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He adds that the formula DDS = (PA x R) / S demonstrates that achieving the right balance between 'Perceived Attraction' (PA) and effectively handling 'Romantic Resilience' (R), all while minimising 'Stress' (S), can result in love.
The study from Seeking.com also found that 95% of the 2,000 people surveyed experience a natural high when meeting someone new that they have feelings for.
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A further 88% said it is important to experience an intense thrill during the first stages of dating, while 56% chase the buzz they first get when they meet someone.
While this spark - or dopamine rush - eventually fizzles, Dr Campbell-Danesh says this is why using the formula is important as it looks beyond the spark, using romantic resilience to keep the flame burning.
Additional reporting by SWNS.