04 Aug Science of Intimacy!
For many years, neuroscientists have been interested in the science of intimacy … especially the role of the hormone, oxytocin, released in large quantities during childbirth. This hormone helps the birth mother experience intense bonding with her newborn (despite all the recent pain the baby has caused!). This same bonding hormone is released during orgasm, leading relationship experts (see www.theintimatecouple.com) to refer to sex as “the Super-Glue” of marriage!
More recent studies indicate that oxytocin is also released during specific social interactions, and play a neurological role that tends to promote trust, empathy, and feelings of closeness:
- appropriate physical contact between individuals
- hugs, non-sexual touching
- a genuine smile
- active listening—demonstrating authentic interest
- constant eye contact during a conversation
Differing degrees of closeness can be developed in most relationships. It is apparent that neuroscience confirms the fact that God has wired us all to experience intimacy. Even using the few techniques and new understanding briefly described here, we will be able to develop deeper levels of significant intimacy!