The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy, and Love [NOOK Book]

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When you make love, cuddle with a partner, or have coffee with close friends, a powerful brain chemical called oxytocin floods your body with feelings of contentment and trust. This natural "love drug," produced by the hypothalamus, is responsible for human bonding in both platonic and intimate relationships, and is the key to many of the psychological differences between men and women. In The Chemistry of Connection, you'll learn easy ways to increase your natural supply of oxytocin to establish deeper ...

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The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy, and Love

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Overview


When you make love, cuddle with a partner, or have coffee with close friends, a powerful brain chemical called oxytocin floods your body with feelings of contentment and trust. This natural "love drug," produced by the hypothalamus, is responsible for human bonding in both platonic and intimate relationships, and is the key to many of the psychological differences between men and women. In The Chemistry of Connection, you'll learn easy ways to increase your natural supply of oxytocin to establish deeper connections with family, friends, and romantic partners.

You'll discover:

  • The power of the cuddle hormone in relationships
  • How sex and love are deeply entwined for both women and men
  • The chemical differences between lust, romance, and love
  • How to raise children who trust and love in a healthy way
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608825059
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 402,683
  • File size: 667 KB

Meet the Author


Susan Kuchinskas is a journalist fascinated by what science can tell us about being human. She has published thousands of articles in Time, Wired, and many other publications. Kuchinskas is also a gardener, a welder, and a beekeeper, and lives in Berkeley, CA, with her mate, a dog, and a frog. Visit her oxytocin blog at hugthemonkey.com.

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Table of Contents

acknowledgments v

introduction 1

Chapter 1 making the connection 5

The Connection Chemical 6

A Question of Balance 8

Why Newborns Can't Love 12

Chapter 2 how babies learn to love 21

How Mothering Shapes the Oxytocin System 22

Mothering and Oxytocin Styles 30

How Mothers Learn to Mother 34

The Circle Widens 40

Chapter 3 always the lonely 49

When Love Goes Wrong 50

The Cycle of Failed Attachment 55

Learning to Connect 58

Chapter 4 romance: the first step to commitment 73

Getting Together 74

Romance: The Next Level 77

How Sex Forges the Bond 82

Good-Bye to Romance? 87

Why Can't I Fall in Love? 88

Chapter 5 the chemistry of commitment 91

The Monogamous Brain 91

Men and Women Are Different 99

Chapter 6 raising kids who trust and love 109

Recreating the Way We're Parented 109

Mothering and Fathering, for Boys and Girls 114

Families Take Charge 123

The Oxytocin Advantage 124

Loving Generations 126

Chapter 7 feathering the nest 129

It's Never Too Late 129

Things to Do by Yourself 130

Things to Do in Groups 138

Things to Do One on One 144

The Future: Oxytocin as a Drug 148

conclusion 149

references 153

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