On the Twilight Saga

Bella and the Psychobiology of Love and Attraction

By David A. Frederick

Bubbling below our conscious awareness are the rapid firings of neurons and swirling mixes of hormones that drive and shape our desires, thoughts, and behaviors. Our evolutionary history has formed these biological systems that exist in our brains and bodies. These systems create the complex rushes of emotions and attractions that we feel when we catch the eye of a sexy mate or feel the soft touch of a loving partner.

We can see the same forces at work in Bella, Edward, and Jacob. Why does Bella find herself so completely drawn to Edward and Jacob, and why do they feel such consuming love for her? To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand how evolution shaped human (and thus vampire) behavior, and how pheromones, evolved preferences, and physiological arousal create the sparks of attraction.

Evolutionary Psychology: How Evolution Shapes the Human and Vampire Mind

Bella’s life is constantly in danger from predatory street thugs, skirmishes between vampires and werewolves, and all-out warfare among rival vampires: deadly encounters that she barely escapes. Yet through it all she is somehow able to find a mate and give birth to a beautiful daughter. These challenges are not unique to Bella; finding a way to survive and reproduce are the two most critical problems that all animals face. Over millions of years, the process of evolution has shaped the bodies, brains, and behaviors of animals in ways that help them solve these two problems.

The key point you need to know about evolution is this: genetic  …

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