There is some suggestion that attraction, attachment, and detachment have evolved as part of our primordial human mating system.
Although romantic love inundates much of popular media, historically the origins of romantic love can be traced back 3,000 years to Egypt, and the love story between Isis and Osiris.
There are many times in the beginning of romantic relationships that are full of trepidation and anxiety.
Myers (2005) suggests there are several aspects to intimacy and attraction. These are, proximity, physical attractiveness, similarity versus complementarity and liking those who like us.
Love holds a special place in contemporary western societies; we are no longer entering marriage for procreation, financial security, social or political security, or even for sex.