Why do we get butterflies when we talk to people that we like?


I’ve been talking to a guy for a couple of months now, and to this day I get this butterfly sensation in my abdomen whenever I see his name pop up on my phone.

What chemical is my body releasing? Why does my body do this?

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When we have a strong emotional response, it resembles our “fight it flight” response. A lot of hormones and other chemicals are released in the body, and one of them (epinephrine, aka adrenaline) makes the body shift blood from the stomach and intestines to other vital organs, muscles and the brain. This decrease in blood flow is what gives your stomach that feeling. It’s also why you get a warm, flushed feeling as the blood vessels in the muscles and skin dilate (expand) to carry more blood.

If you pay close attention, you may also notice lights seem brighter. This is because it also makes your pupils dilate to let in more light for better vision.

The number of neuron connections in your GI tract is approximately as many as found in small rodents. This makes your GI neuron bundle comped enough to respond to neurotransmitters that would otherwise just affect your brain.

There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesman where I thought, “Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman.” What do you call that?