|My version of an oxytocin molecule-- DaVinci days|
Known as the "cuddle drug", the"superglue of relationship", and "the connection hormone", oxytocin is secreted when we love and touch. It's the chemical catalyst for community.
Studies found that when women gather in community, oxytocin levels increase-- and so does cooperation. When persons were given internasal doses of the hormone, they were more likely to extend trust to sales pitches-- the proverbial "want to buy some swamp land" type, which has some sinister implications for the misuse of this powerful molecular concoction. On a more positive note, oxytocin levels jump when devoted women imagine their husbands, or nurse their child. Increased levels of oxytocin encourage intimacy and bonding by ramping up trust and reducing fear. Sounds like my kind of drug.
|a proposal on Mary's Peak|
When circumstances dictate, even self-touch works. And I'm not even talking masturbation. We rub our own neck, wring our hands, scratch our heads to self-sooth. Physical therapists teach clients to curry themselves with ultra soft brushes. It's calming, seems to raise oxytocin levels and desensitizes these hyperalert/tactically defensive folks to accept safe touch.
So get your touch on. Dancing, petting animals, holding hands with a friend, rocking a baby, yours or anothers'-- not all touch is sexual. But it is essential.
More resources: http://www.reuniting.info/science/oxytocin_health_bonding?