What is Oxytocin?

Oxytocin, often called the snuggle hormone, is better thought of as the neuromodulator of the attachment system.  It is associated with group bonding, empathy through narrative, breast-feeding, and that warm-fuzzy feeling after orgasm.  The dark side of oxytocin, sometimes called the mother-bear effect, is outgroup intolerance, and exclusivity.  The divider between the two effects us trust.


Neurohypnotic bonus goodness

  1. Bringing Oxytocin Into The Room: Notes On The Neurophysiology Of Conflict

  2.  Oxytocin Enhances Social Persuasion during Hypnosis
  3. Oxytocin and Cortisol in the Hypnotic Interaction

  4. Hypnosis, Attachment, and Oxytocin:An Integrative Perspective

  5. Endogenous peripheral oxytocin measures can give insight into the dynamics of social relationships: a review