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What is "love hormone" and who is missing it?

The human body produces a hugea number of different hormones, each of which performs its own task. For example, many well-known endorphins bring people a feeling of joy, and an excess of cortisol signals a person's stressful state. Among all these hormones is oxytocin, which is also known as the "love hormone". In the course of numerous scientific works, researchers have found that it is produced in the brain during love experiences. In particular, its concentration increases during sexual intercourse, breastfeeding, hugging and other manifestations of love. It is believed that the level of this hormone directly affects the lives of people in childhood and adulthood. It turns out that oxytocin plays a very important role in our destinies, so recently American scientists became interested in which people it is produced least of all. To find out, a small experiment was conducted.

Oxytocin - the hormone of love

Influence of childhood on life

The scientific work carried out was described inthe Journal of Comparative Psychology. The study involved 128 volunteers aged 18 to 62 years. In the first phase of the experiment, men and women were asked to fill out a questionnaire. The researchers used questions to find out how well they rate how their parents raised them. They were also interested in how many parents divorced and in what period of their childhood. In addition, the volunteers shared how well their current personal life is going and how confident they are. After answering the questions, the participants in the experiment donated urine samples that showed the concentration of oxytocin in their bodies.

Divorce of parents has a bad effect on children and this probably does not even need to be proved.

It turned out that 27% of volunteers survived a divorceparents, and this happened at about 9 years of age. It was in this group of people that the concentration of the "love hormone" in urine samples was the lowest. And on the questionnaires, they indicated that they do not consider their parents to be caring and in adulthood they are not confident in themselves and do not feel comfortable in close relationships. All this is quite logical, given that a high concentration of oxytocin is simply necessary for the feeling of affection and love. And among parents who survived a divorce, this hormone is in great deficiency.

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Problems of adulthood

In previous studies, scientists have foundthat people from single-parent families in adulthood also cannot create strong relationships. The relationship was discovered, but why it exists was not clear to anyone. Now we can say that the reason has been found. When a child experiences the separation of his father and mother, for some reason his brain stops producing enough "love hormone". What is the reason is not clear, but so far it can be assumed that the production of oxytocin is strongly influenced by stress. As a result, in adulthood, such people are unable to maintain romantic relationships for long due to their inability to express love. Self-confidence also plays a big role in romantic affairs, and for this group of people it is very weak.

Oxytocin production may be reduced due to childhood experiences

That parental divorce leads to a deficiencyoxytocin, no doubt about it. Previously, scientists conducted an experiment in which baby animals were separated from their mother. The separation did indeed lead to a decrease in oxytocin production and this affected their adult life. In particular, individuals who grew up without a mother were less active sexually and experienced less maternal instincts. Such studies help researchers explain many of the patterns that can be observed in the course of scientific research.

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