“The Moral Molecule” (Oxytocin), by Paul Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies at Claremont University. Excellent book; keep an eye on it.
Oxytocin is released when trust is formed ( - - not only during sex or childbirth).
When you trust someone – and show it by giving them a hug – oxytocin is released by that person.
Oxytocin, a chemical that motivates us to engage and care about others.
Studies in Guinea natives showed that people who took part in a ritual dance caused Oxytocin to be released in other people’s brains.
My own thoughts relating to this topic:
Having been in the military - - air force pilot, but also MP (military police) - - I often wondered why I had such good, “secure” feelings when I happened to be among military personnel or police officers; not exactly the norm for everybody. Was this possibly a contributing factor in joining a reserve police unit (Long Beach Mounted Police, have been a member for years)? Did my brain release oxytocin when I entered those circles?
Same goes for people in our own field, anti-aging and life-long health. Years ago Alabama University prof. Emanuel Cheraskin, my long-time mentor, took me under his wings, and teaching me something really new - - logic in medical research. Attend an A4M congress, same “safe and secure” feeling, but quite different when attending an orthodox, pharma-sponsored meeting: I felt uncomfortable, like entering enemy territory.
The actions of Oxytocin explains it all. Could taking Oxytocin change certain abnormal behavior patters?
Ferrryy interrrestinkkkk! Don’t you think so?
Oxytocin is released during lactation, childbirth and sex. It heals reproductive functions.Oxytocin has an anti-anxiety effect and may increase romantic attachment and empathy.