The Psychology Behind Love at First Sight

Love at first sight is a common trope among many forms of media.


Gabby Debevec

Love at first sight is thought of to be a fantasy. Although, seeing someone and feeling an attraction towards them can be true. Love at first sight could develop a relationship between two people into something magical.

Some people have a story when they had a fleeting moment of physical attraction toward someone without ever building a foundation for a relationship. A felting moment when you see someone and fall for them instantly without ever talking to them. 

Within the United States, 56% of Americans believe in the concept of love at first sight. In addition, one out of every three people report that they have experienced the feeling, according to Antioch Community High School  freshman Morgan Evans at has never experienced love at first sight but has had acknowledged that under the right circumstances it could be possible.

“It’s kind of a fantasy for people,” Evans said. “It’s hard to fall in love with somebody when you just look at them. You have to get to know the person.”

In previous research about the topic of love at first sight, it was labeled as a ‘positive illusion’, meaning that the feeling of love is often interpreted wrong. John Clark from agrees and believes that love at first sight is based on people from the past.

“The real secret behind why we fall in love at first sight is because something in the way this particular person happens to look,” Clark said. “It has triggered a comparison in our subconscious mind to someone from our past who meant a lot to us. This is why I, for example, might fall in love with someone at first sight, while you might think they are just average.”

Our subconscious mind finds a way into many of our daily activities by influencing our physical needs. Match’s chief scientific advisor and biological anthropologist, Dr. Helen Fisher believes that love at first sight is relatively easy to explain. 

“It’s a basic drive, like thirst and hunger,” Fisher said. “Food and water keep you alive today; romantic love leads to bonding, mating and sending your DNA into tomorrow.”

 It is possible for someone to experience this rare phenomenon. Love at first sight could end up in a mutual friendship or develop into a blooming romance.