Can Love be Addictive?
If you’ve watched the video of Rihanna and Eminem’s “I Love the Way You Lie,” or if you’ve listened to Rihanna’s “Rehab” song, you’re familiar with the concept that relationships can be addictive. Some studies have actually found that love can light up the same parts of the brain as those that correspond to drug addiction. But at what point is likening love to a disease going too far?
“I Love the Way You Lie” is raw, intense, and painful, as it shows two people being equally violent against each other. Eminem sings about feeling angry but not knowing what to do with that anger. In “Rehab,” Rihanna, who had a violent relationship with singer Chris Brown, sings about a man being her disease.
Weigh in: Do you think relationships can be addictive? Do you think intensity is one of the most important things to have in a relationship? Can it rationalize abuse?