Clare Crawley may want to ride off into the sunset with “Bachelorette” frontrunner Dale Moss, but science suggests otherwise.
The Sacramento-based hairstylist, 39, who has been enamored with the former NFL player, 32, since night one, could be caught up in the lust of it all, according to neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart, a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry.
“Love at first sight is really like your hormones playing tricks on you,” Dr. Swart recently told Page Six. “Falling in love, traditionally, I say is a chemical cocktail of D.O.S.E. (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins) — the hormones that control our pleasure, love, happiness and well-being receptors.
“When you ‘fall in love at first sight,’ you are actually falling more in lust,” she continued. “The hormones secreted at that first initial interaction are dopamine (pleasure), testosterone and estrogen — both sex hormones.”
In the Season 16 premiere, Crawley — whose “Bachelorette” journey was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — stated, “I definitely feel like I just met my husband,” after encountering Moss.
Three episodes in, and “The Bachelorette” has become the “Dale Show,” much to the annoyance of Crawley’s remaining suitors. Although a recent trailer has teased Crawley’s rumored departure after finding love early on, Dr. Swart also noted the trouble of tunnel vision.
“People can sensibly think once meeting someone that ‘I’ve just met a person who I feel can become my husband or long-term partner,’ but a sweeping statement like Clare made should be taken with a grain of salt. She cannot know any real substance based on a short conversation and is closing herself off to getting to know the others vying for her love,” Dr. Swart explained.
With Crawley’s current relationship status still unclear — she said she’s “happy” in a recent interview — it remains to be seen how a romance will evolve outside the “Bachelorette” bubble.
“The pressures and expectations to make something work at an unnatural pace may lead one to feel like they’re truly in love but, once the cameras are off, there are many things left to discover rather than just physical attractiveness,” Dr. Swart said. “Making sure personalities are complimentary as well as open communication regarding life goals and values is something that takes time to unearth.”
Should Crawley exit stage left, Dr. Swart would encourage her rumored replacement, Tayshia Adams, to “keep her options open.”
“If Clare leaves, we will see that she shortened her experience by narrowing her options based on a lack of data. The best thing Tayshia can do is get to know people and look for important markers of a solid relationship like aligning life goals and aspirations, and aim to go more than just ‘skin deep,’” she said.
“The Bachelorette” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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