Have you heard about people who meet during some sort of crisis or emergency and after (or while) negotiating thru the problem they find that they are attracted to each other?
Imagine someone with a pounding heart and trembling hands ….are they experiencing fear or happiness? It could be either! With fear or happiness the person is experiencing an adrenaline rush!
Could it be possible that a person may incorrectly identify an adrenaline rush as a romantic cue?
Here is a brief review of an interesting study that was done in 1974 by researchers Dutton and Aron:
Someone will approach another person and ask for help, read and see what happens:
Experiment on high bridge (high adrenaline)
A man is crossing a narrow, 450′ long suspension bridge that is 230′ above a river. While crossing the bridge the man is approached by an attractive young woman who asks the man for help with some paperwork. They do the paperwork (while on the bridge) and then the woman gives the man her phone number. The woman receives calls from 50% of the men.
Experiment on low bridge (low adrenaline)
A man is crossing a low, solid bridge and is approached by an attractive young woman who asks the man for help with some paperwork. They do the paperwork (while on the bridge) and then the woman gives the man her phone number. Very few of these men called the woman.
The study suggests that the men on the high bridge were excited about the woman, and the men on the low
bridge were not.
So consider yourself warned….. don’t go on dangerous or scary excursions with people that you don’t want to become attracted to!
Myers, D.G. (1999). Social psychology. Boston: McGraw-Hill