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11 Mind Robbers

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Preoccupation

Strong emotions ranging from ecstasy to deep sorrow can leave us one step removed from the world around us. Picture a teenager in love who daydreams through conversations and can't concentrate in class.

"Someone who is love-struck is more affected by hormones, like oxytocin and endorphins, that increase affiliative behaviors and pleasure," says Penny B. Donnenfeld, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. "They do get preoccupied with thoughts of their love interest, and it can interfere with concentration and attention, which can then impair memory storage. But that will happen in varying degrees of severity; many will be better able to put the romantic preoccupations aside."

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