Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful Day #20

Thankful Day #20: I'm thankful for oxytocin. This pituitary hormone keeps civilization together. It is best-known for its role in labor, delivery and breastfeeding; however, it also plays a large role in pair-bonding (secreted during orgasm, for example), parent-child bonding (even fathers have a surge of it when (allegedly) their baby is born), and probably in less-intense interpersonal relationships. Abnormal oxytocin production has been linked to sociopathy, narcissism and general manipulativeness (i.e., assholism).

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