Saturday, August 05, 2006

just different

I was reading this article about the book, "The Female Brain" by Louann Brizendine, a UCSF neuropsychologist.

Sure it's the stuff that morning talk/"news" shows are made of, but don't we all like an explanation for why women like to cuddle.

Some of the more interesting points that sparked my interest:

For why teenage girls like to jabber: "Connecting through talking activates the pleasure centers in a girl's brain. We're not talking about a small amount of pleasure. This is huge. It's a major dopamine and oxytocin rush, which is the biggest, fattest neurological reward you can get outside of an orgasm."

I wonder if this also explains why just about half of the blogs out there are written by women.

And the other one:
Research shows that the female brain naturally releases oxytocin after a 20-second hug. The embrace bonds the huggers and triggers the brain's trust circuits. So Brizendine advises, don't let a guy hug you unless you plan to trust him.

"And if you do," she said, "make sure it lasts 20 seconds."

Which would explain why women in general like cuddling.

Oxytocin is the brain chemical that's part of sexual orgasm for both men and women and is part of close bonding. Dopamine is the "feel-good" chemical that alot of addicted drugs play upon that gives you that exhilirating high.

And what this means is that sending and recieving text messages, phone calls, emails, and maybe yes, even blogging is giving me shots of oxytocin and dopamine this very second! I'm really just an addict. I just prefer the free naturally produced drugs over ones I have to pay for.

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