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From The Archives: Love, hate…what’s the difference?

This was originally blogged at IonPsych for Valentine’s Day on 2/14/2011. You can see the original post here.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions — hate.

Wait, that doesn’t seem right. Hate? On Valentine’s Day? Isn’t V-Day supposed to be about love, Hallmark, and all of those positive, mushy feelings?

Well, sure. Of course Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love. But are love and hate really all that different?

They both make us act irrationally. They both cloud our thinking and judgment. They’ve both sparked wars, poetry, and some of the greatest epics of all time. They both make our hearts race, our pupils dilate, and our palms sweat.
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