Every day for the past few months, I’ve noticed a significant increase in articles on Oxytocin, the neuropeptide that’s at the very heart, (yes, pun intended,) of human bonding. From stories about creating trust with our pet pooches, to black-market trafficking, and oxcytocin’s important role in trust and love, there are experiments, grants, and research papers getting frequent media attention.
While oxytocin makes us loving, trusting, caring beings, the lack of oxytocin seems to be the core of psychopathy. Oxytocin enables our ability to feel emotional empathy and develop a conscience. One can only hope that someday, a medical cure may exist to enable inherently cruel people to live more caring lives.
Powered by oxytocin, our brain chemistry makes us feel attached to people we love. Without it, relationships are shallow and transient. A person with a hefty dose of oxytocin would remain emotionally attached in a relationship, even when they’re abused or betrayed. It takes a significant whack across the head with an emotional or physical two-by-four for emotionally vested lovers to turn away.
Perhaps, one day, oxytocin replacement will make it possible for people who suffer relationship abuse to wean themselves away and more readily find the exit door. We can hope, can’t we?
Here are just a few recent articles that have been published on oxytocin:
According to Science, Sex Is the Fastest Way To Sober Up, Her.ie, Casey Delaney, April, 2016
How Snorting Oxytocin Could Curb Our Impulsive Behavior, Impulse, Yasmin Tayag, April 4, 2016
New brain study shows how Marco Rubio Gets Attention and Wins Hearts, Carmine Gallo, Forbes, February 7, 2016
Prairie Voles Show Empathy Just Like Humans, Popular Science, Grennan Milliken, January 21, 2016
The Science of Love, MyBreast, December 24, 2015
What Happens When You Fall In Love, Bustle, Rachel Sanoff, May 2015
Oxytocin, What is it and what does it do? Medical News Today, September 21, 2015
Marriage Done Right, Basic Biology a factor in falling, staying in love, The News/Sentinel.com, James E. Sheridan November 4, 2015
This spray makes men appear 15% more attractive to women, Inquisitor, Tara West, January 9, 2015
Death of pregnant woman: Deceased administered substandard injections: Hindustan Times, January 11, 2016
When crisis strikes, women help each other through, TheStar.com, December 25, 2015
Zebra Finch Bonding Hinges on Social Hormones, Inside Science News Service, January 1, 2016,
Are you a Scrooge? Researchers pinpoint “generous” centre of the brain Daily Mail, December 18, 2015
Oxytocin Might Raise, Not Lower Anxiety in Women, Health & Medicine, December 9, 2015
Oxytocin Could Influence Genders Differently, Counsel & Heal News, December 7, 2015
Oxytocin Hormone Strengthens Social Ties, News, Medical, Life Sciences & Medicine, November 26, 2015
Sexless Marriage, Understanding why passion and sex die, Hitched, Dr. Carla Greco Manly,
Five Things We’ve Learned About Fear Since Last Halloween, Smithsonian.com, Randy Rieland, October 30, 2015
Are you a cheat? Blame your Dad! Counsel & Heal, Mental Health, October 30, 2016
Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes, NY Times, May 22, 2015
“Love Hormone” Makes Social Interaction Pleasurable: Oxytocin Induces Marijuana-Like Effects, Youth Health, October 28, 2015
The Art of Romance, The South African.com, Erene Oberholzer, October, 2015
Does the cuddle hormone hold the key to a happy marriage? The Daily Mail October 14, 2015
Bates prof to study love hormone, Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, October 2, 2015
The Sex Instinct, Mint, On Sunday, October 4, 2015
Study shows our heart beats sync up when we trust each other, Inverse, September 23, 2015
Antisocial behavior and plymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene: findings in two independent samples, Molecular Psychiatry, September 22, 2015
Man nabbed with 61 cartons of oxytocin injection, Business Standard, September 24, 2015
Spooning is actually really good for you, The Daily Edge, The Journal.ie, September 28, 2015
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Next month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Hopefully that will include informing people about Psychopathology . What you don’t know in this case can hurt you. I lived it.
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