Another interesting discovery helps us to realize that the roots of many problems may totally differ from our ideas about them.
If you dislike most people you meet, it may simply lay in… the lack of oxytocin! Check out what a study says:
“A chemical best known for cementing the bond between a mother and her newborn child could also play a part in social behaviour. A new study shows that men and women who inhale a whiff of the hormone oxytocin rate strangers as more attractive.
When oxytocin courses through our blood, “we are more likely to see people we don’t know in a more positive light,” says Angeliki Theodoridou, a psychologist at the University of Bristol, UK, who led the new study.This effect adds to the hormone’s known role in human relationships. One study found that oxytocin levels spike after new mothers look at or touch their newborns and may help bonding.
Other work has hinted at the importance of oxytocin in social situations between adults too. People administered the hormone make overly generous offers in an economic game that measures trust, while men who got a dose of oxytocin proved better at remembering the faces of strangers a day later, compared to subjects who got a placebo.
In the latest trial, Theodoridou’s team tested 96 men and women in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. After participants got either a spritz of oxytocin or a placebo, they rated pictures of 48 men and women for attractiveness and 30 for trustworthiness. Her team also tested for mood. No matter their sex or mood, volunteers who received oxytocin rated male and female strangers as both more attractive and trusting.”
I always have a feeling that these hormones, however powerful they may be, are after all self-produced and can be stimulated my ourselves. So basically if we find the key to increase, say, oxytocin then imagine how many society problems can be solved!!
Thus if we follow the logic of the oxytocin nature, we can come to an interesting result: Since this particular chemical is best known for cementing the bond between a mother and her newborn child, a simple cultivating of motherly qualities in an individual may increase the hormone level! I think it would do good to both women and men.
(image by me)