Trust – this is one of the pillars of good personal and professional relationships. But trust is also one of the hardest to encourage in individuals especially among relative strangers including acquaintances meeting in social venues like bars, pubs and nightclubs. Fortunately, scientists have discovered pheromones, which are chemical factors produced by the human body, useful in encouraging feelings of trust in others. Such chemical factor is known as oxytocin.
What It Is
Oxytocin is a neurohypophysial hormone, which means that these chemical factors are released primarily by pituitary gland but acts at a distance as a neuromodulator in the brain. It is best known for its varied roles in sexual reproduction, childbirth and maternal bonding including the breastfeeding mechanism. Indeed, it is known as a female hormone because it is released in large quantities during labor and delivery.
What It Does
But like all pheromones known to man nowadays, scientists are also investigating the role of oxytocin in other aspects of human behavior. Its actions on maternal behavior including the following peripheral actions are well established in most respects:
• During the second and third stages of labor, oxytocin causes the uterus to contract and the cervix to dilate. Both are obviously important for successful delivery.• In lactating mothers, oxytocin stimulates the passage of milk from the mammary glands into the nipples. This hastens the breastfeeding process while also strengthening the maternal bond between mother and child.
Indeed, oxytocin has been called the “love hormone” and the “tribe hormone” because of its role in encouraging feelings of love, trust and empathy between the parties.
Lest you start thinking that oxytocin is useful in maternal situations only, think again. Among all the known pheromones, it appears to have the strongest effect on social behavior and, consequently, on sexual behavior. In many studies, for example, both men and women have exhibited increased levels of plasma oxytocin during and after orgasm. This is true even during self-stimulated arousal and orgasm.
In sexual intercourse involving two partners, the release of oxytocin also encourages desirable feelings of contentment, calmness and security. All of these feelings lead to the increased levels of trust experienced between the partners and, in the process, decreased levels of fear, stress and anxiety. Scientists are even positing that oxytocin plays an important role in inhibiting the part of the brain that controls fear, stress and anxiety, thus, making orgasm possible.
With each study on oxytocin, scientists are learning more about these pheromones including its effects on human behavior in both the social and sexual aspects. These effects are being used for a wide variety of practical applications that can benefit both men and women seeking better personal and professional relationships.
What It Can Do for Romance
One such practical application of oxytocin is its addition to personal hygiene products like colognes, perfumes and body sprays (i.e., Liquid Trust). Basically, the chemical factors are added to the usual ingredients of the grooming products that, in turn, can be used like any other product of its kind. Spray on your hot spots like behind the ears, for example, and let it works its magic, so to speak.
Since the body spray is infused with oxytocin, whoever detects it will feel increased levels of trust in the wearer – you, for that matter. Keep in mind that, like all pheromones, oxytocin is detected on a subconscious level specifically by the vomeronasal organ in the nose but the effects can be experienced.