I had an epiphany the other day while on Facebook. A page that I liked, I can spend hours with you, and I still miss you as soon as I leave, posted this simple picture:
I think that everyone would agree with this, but I don’t think that they understand why. That’s right, I’m about to drop some knowledge on your ass.
It’s because of pheromones, hormones that trigger someone to do things with fellow humans such as become angry, passionate, or repulsed. It’s this crazy sense of smell that can make or break a relationship between two people. Madness, right?
But it’s not just hormones in someone’s nose that will ultimately change one’s perspective on another human being. It is also one’s own memories and past that can affect it as well. It’s a theory of association. You associate a specific image, smell, event, idea, or person to another specific image, smell, event, idea, or person; and this goes on and on to become related to other things until you have a complicated map of all these seemingly unrelated things all connected to one another based on one’s past and memories. It’s this theory of association that advertisers take advantage of when trying to sell you something, by getting you to associate their product with something that you really want. This also works throughout people’s daily lives.
I know this to be true because I have experienced it first hand in one of my classes. We had to get into groups, and I was stuck in a group of all guys. One of them offered to let me sit next to him, as a way to make group discussion easier, I’m sure. Anywho, I sat next to him, and the strong smell of what seemed to be Dial hand soap filled my nose. This would be good, normally. Who wouldn’t be happy knowing that the classmate that they are currently being forced to talk to has good hygiene? But Dial hand soap was also the preferred soap of my grandparents; and during the entire class, and even now, he reminds me of my younger years at my grandparents’ house. Crazy, I know, but true.
But I think that it’s even crazier that just someone’s smell can change, maybe not the entirety of one’s relationships with others, but greatly affects them on a deep primal level. That smell can be so strong. With this in mind, be sure to watch how you smell because you never know who might be sniffing you.