Passionate love is an intense feeling of attraction and desire typically felt early in a relationship. Passionate love is requited and usually shared between two or more participants in a relationship.
Passionate love was explored by relationship experts Elaine Hatfield and Susan Sprecher who developed the Passionate Love Scale in 1986. They theorized that passionate love has cognitive, behavioral, and emotional components. While in passionate love, people usually feel euphoric or out of control. Studies show passionate love diminishes the functioning of the frontal lobe, the part of the brain concerned with logical thinking.