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Oxytocin, Fear, and Freezing

Oxytocin, Fear, and Freezing March 02, 2015 A study has been recently released that links oxytocin to the suppression of freezing behavior when frozen.  Generally, when fear is invoked, the heart rate increases, and the body can freeze.  This freezing behavior is generated in the amygdala. When oxytocin is present, this fear

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Depressed Smokers more likely to Quit then Non-Depressed Smokers

Depressed Smokers more likely to Quit then Non-Depressed Smokers February 25, 2015 Washington: A new study reviewed in the Cochrane Library finds that depressed smokers are more likely to successfully quit than their non-depressed counterparts. Moreover, they stop smoking longer and benefit overall from mood management interventions after they quit

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Oxytocin, Humans and Reptiles

Oxytocin, Humans and Reptiles February 22, 2015 When a mother sea turtle migrates thousands of miles, only to crawl up on some beautiful ancestral beach and immediately start digging a nest, she is doing so at the behest of a hormone almost identical to our human oxytocin. Like other members

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Taming anger with Oxytocin

Taming anger with Oxytocin February 19, 2015 It’s a mad, mad, mad world. Right? Well, thankfully not all the time. But it’s an issue, granted, for some more than others. If you are one of the “others” that seem angrier than your friends, spouses, boyfriends, colleagues, other drivers on the

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Oxytocin and gender define men and women in our sexual dreams

Oxytocin and gender define men and women in our sexual dreams February 13, 2015 Sexual dreams are not always about sex. They are about union, the coming together of different, conflicting parts of us. They are seemingly crazy illustrations of how our unconscious integrates and merges the different aspects of

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Oxytocin and Porn Addiction

Oxytocin and Porn Addiction February 10, 2015 Much has been said and studied regarding modern day porn consumption. For instance did you know that the Millennials consume more porn than any other generation?  According to a survey of 4000 men and women by Cosmopolitan magazine, over 30% of men surveyed

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Oxytocin, Erectile Dysfunction, Stress, Frigidity, and Fear

Oxytocin, Erectile Dysfunction, Stress, Frigidity, and Fear August 22, 2012 Erectile dysfunction and reduced libido are usually related to stress, clinical depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, diabetes, vascular disease . . . Smoking, antidepressants and alcohol abuse can cause ED. Stress is a big one. A wide variety of chemical

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Oxytocin, stress, and the amygdala

Oxytocin, stress, and the amygdala August 20, 2012 Any conversation about sex and stress must always start with a discussion about the amygdala. Stressful emotional memories are all processed then stored by the amygdala, or, amygdala’s, as there are actually two of them. Recent brain imaging studies have shed much

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Oxytocin and “Buck” the Horse Whisperer

Oxytocin and “Buck” the Horse Whisperer July 29, 2012 Having just seen the documentary called “Buck” I’m here to tell you that it is just as much about oxytocin as it is horses. For those of you who don’t know oxytocin is (among other things) the empathy hormone. Buck Brannaman,

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Oxytocin and the Chakras

Oxytocin and the Chakras August 18, 2011 It balances and energizes areas of our bodies in areas known in Hinduism as the Sacral and Root chakras. Though not a practitioner of Hinduism myself I cannot help but to acknowledge how their teachings seem to be born right out of oxytocin.

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