The Neurobiology of Trust

ShareBy Paul J. Zak If you were asked to fall backward into the arms of a stranger, would you trust the other person to catch you? Such a situation, a common exercise in group therapy, is a bit extreme. But every day most people place some degree of trust in …

Oxytocin (Part 1/5)

ShareFeeling is the central organizing principle of human behavior. You can measure feeling in the brain, in the body’s biochemistry, in mother’s milk, in saliva and in spinal taps. We can measure it in brain chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine. Feelings are all encompassing, and love is …

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Oxytocin – The Neurochemical of Everything Good

ShareOxytocin has been a favorite focus in my e-newsletter before. (Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness at Oxytocin is the brain’s naturally occurring hormone of “tend and befriend” (Healing Heartache, Sept. 2008), the molecule of motherly love and attachment (The Neurobiology of Feeling Unlovable, Feb. 2009), the neuropeptide …

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Dr. Tammy Tucker Discusses Oxytocin

February 2, 2012 Oxytocin And Anxiety, Oxytocin and Sex Comments Off

The following is an excerpt from an interview conducted with Dr. Tammy Tucker, a Board-certified family physician and author of the book and the program, Project Fabulous.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in oxytocin.

A: I’ve been practicing Osteopathic Medicine for over 10 years, and I specialize in holistic health methods. This means that I take a ‘whole person’ approach to medicine. I believe that healing, like life, is a journey…not a destination. My belief in this holistic approach to medicine is why I’m so excited about oxytocin.

Q: What types of ailments do you see in your patients?

A: Wouldn’t you agree that we live in a pretty stressed out world right now? The challenge with stress is that the more we experience it oftentimes the less we do to reduce it. Pretty soon we can find ourselves in a pretty nasty pattern of not connecting with others, not having fun, isolation, and not enjoying intimacy. I see many patients whose complaints are oftentimes related to stress and specific hormone imbalances, such as oxytocin.

Find out more about how oxytocin can help you by watching this YouTube video, “How Oxytocin Can Help You: Dr. Tammy Talks About Stress, Intimacy, and Health

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Can Oxytocin Help Those With Autism?

January 23, 2012 Oxytocin and Autism, Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

Oxytocin is a hormone produced naturally in the body, that plays a role in a varietyof behaviors, including parent-child and adult-to-adult pair bonding, social memory, social cognition, anxiety reduction and repetitive behaviors. Research has suggested roles for the hormone in emotional regulation and social behaviors.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “The hormone works by helping neurons in the brain talk to each other, although the exact mechanism isn’t understood.”

What is the relation between autism and oxytocin? Take a look at a YouTube video “Autism & Oxytocin Expert Reveals Findings

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Why Is Dad So Hormonal When Mom Is the Pregnant One?

October 21, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Mom is pregnant but dad is having cravings. She has every reason to be cranky, irritable, and hormonal considering the fluctuation in her hormones, but he’s the one that’s acting pregnant. Recent research reveals that even though mom may be pregnant, fathers-to-be also experience significant hormonal changes.

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One Reporter’s Experience with Oxytocin

October 13, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex, Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

Katie Drummond, journalist for The Daily, took an oxytocin supplement for a week. She writes about her experience in “The Oxytocin Diaries.”

Oxytocin for iPad?

October 11, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

The Daily, “the first daily news, entertainment and sports publication created and designed from scratch for your iPad,” published an article yesterday about oxytocin and its effects on our relationships.

The US-based publication that covers events around the world, reported that more and more couples are turning to a hormone called oxytocin to save their sex lives.

Read the entire article here.

Oxytocin Solidifies Relationships, Studies Show

September 30, 2011 Oxytocin and Sex, Oxytocin In The News Comments Off

Our brains are hard-wired to become distressed when we’re suddenly pulled from those we depend on physically or psychologically. So it’s not necessarily surprising, then, that oxytocin’s calming effects lend credence to its reputation as a hormone of relational repair.

Researchers have found that oxytocin not only promotes attachment among animals and humans, but solidifies those relationships and forms lasting social bonds.

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Oxytocin Is Double-Edged in Helping Treat Addictions

September 22, 2011 Oxytocin And Anxiety, Oxytocin In The News, Uncategorized Comments Off

In the same intense way people bond with other people, they can also bond with drugs, and oxytocin plays a surprising role in both processes. It can promote addictions as well as hamper them, researchers say.

 Oxytocin’s well-known role in decreasing social distance can actually nudge someone toward using drugs by lowering their inhibitions to trying them, says Jim Pfaus, Ph.D., a psychologist at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Susan Kuchinskas Interview

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Oxytocin (Part 5/5)

7 Jul 2011

ShareIt is my goal in therapy to help patients love and have the capacity to receive love; all else is secondary. Love makes us strong for our progeny. We need sex to enhance love, have progeny, and vice versa. It is the natural outgrowth of love. What we too often …

Oxytocin (Part 4/5)

30 Jun 2011

ShareAnother hormone, vasopressin, contributes to male nurturance of offspring – it makes for caring fathers. It also has pain-killing effects and helps make animals venture out and be more exploratory. If vasopressin is blocked, there is immediately less paternal behavior. When injected directly into a section of the brain of …

Oxytocin (Part 3/5)

23 Jun 2011

ShareBonding is the most positive aspect of human relationships. We learn how to bond emotionally in adulthood through early bonding in childhood, as simplistic as that sounds. It cannot be taught! And it certainly cannot be taught in later life. Attachment is pretty well set in our childhood. It is …

Oxytocin (Part 2/5)

16 Jun 2011

ShareOxytocin is found only in mammals. When it is high, one experiences a sense of relaxation, rest, and growth, repair and healing, loving behavior and emotional-attachment. Love and nurturing early in our lives are necessary for optimum health, and healthy brain development cannot take place without it. It isn’t just …

Oxytocin (Part 1/5)

9 Jun 2011

ShareFeeling is the central organizing principle of human behavior. You can measure feeling in the brain, in the body’s biochemistry, in mother’s milk, in saliva and in spinal taps. We can measure it in brain chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine. Feelings are all encompassing, and love is …

Oxytocin Promotes Social Attachment, Beginning with Mother and Child

1 Apr 2011

ShareBy Maureen Salamon Oxytocin’s nickname as the “cuddle hormone” is well-earned, since many studies have proven its ability to promote attachment not just between mother and child, but among groups. One of the primary bonds among mammals, of course, is between mother and baby, and much research has focused on …

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