The hormone oxytocin: the light side of the force

Today's story is about oxytocin. Today we will talk about the positive effect of oxytocin, which stimulates collagen production. About the role of oxytocin in childbirth and feeding, we will not talk and focus on his psychological and social action.

Disruption of oxytocin in modern society have a variety of manifestations: from the disintegration of social groups, communities and families with the increase of aggression and alienation to avoid social contacts (lifestyle of a hikikomori in Japan). The lack of oxytocin encourages people to join a different kind of closed, but cohesive communities, leading often sectarian-radical activity.

Oxytocin plays an important role in various States, for example — during orgasm, social recognition, pair when, in a state of anxiety and maternal behavior. In this regard, this hormone is often called the "love hormone". The inability to produce oxytocin and the inability of a person to empathize with issues such as sociopathy, psychopathy, narcissism.

The hormone of love and morality.

The main function of oxytocin is to unite and connect people in community: couple, family, group, nation, etc and maintain a steady connection within this group. Therefore, oxytocin is also called "the molecule of good morals" or "bonding hormone".

The oxytocin in our body breaks down quickly (three minutes cycle half-life), therefore its effect depends on a constant flow of incentives. The ability to put yourself in the other person depends on the level of oxytocin in the blood. This hormone takes an active part in the regulation of social behavior in mammals, including humans.

He is involved in the recognition of familiar individuals in a trusting relationship, regulates the reliability of the marital relations, etc. Oxytocin increases the feeling of "we are family" next to the people close to us. Increasing the level of oxytocin in the blood produces a feeling of satisfaction, reducing fears and anxieties, a sense of trust and serenity beside your partner.

Oxytocin triggers a chain reaction. Oxytocin allows us to feel empathy, and empathy promotes socially acceptable behavior, instill confidence, caring about other people, which in turn allow you to generate they have higher level of oxytocin.

In addition to improving our psychological state of oxytocin improves our health. Maternal and spousal love is associated with reduced risk of a wide range of diseases, from sore throats to ulcers and cardiovascular disease to alcoholism. This is confirmed by research involving animals. In the 1980s, American scientists decided to find out what is the impact of diet on development of atherosclerosis in rabbits, and noticed that two identical groups, there are significant differences in the symptoms.

Groups tended different lab — other conditions were identical. The experiment was repeated twice with different people and published his results in one of the most reputable scientific journals Science. In rabbits who were treated "in kind" are regularly played with them, talked, stroked them, there was a 60 per cent weakening of the symptoms of atherosclerosis, regardless of diet.

Incentives the allocation of oxytocin.

Your low oxytocin.

1. Physical contact.

Sex, hugs, pats – anything. Increase oxytocin and massage, and the level of this hormone increases also the person performing this massage. The important role played by the frequency of strokes: the optimum is considered to be 40 movements per minute. According to studies, this is precisely the frequency of the strokes is selected by instinct, she is more pleasant person. Cuddle four times a day we need for survival, eight to maintain itself in normal form, and twelve for growth." A 20-second hug (or 10-minute hand-holding) reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including lower blood pressure and heart rate.


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