Monday, May 14, 2012

Oxytocin and Bonding

Did you know that physical contact (e.g., snuggling, kissing, sexual activity) with a partner causes oxytocin to be produced? The body learns to associate those behaviors with the partner and can produce oxytocin whenever near to the other. When the couple engages in pleasurable sex, their bodies produce dopamine and the individuals feel better. The ability for sex to result in a sense of love may be evidenced by individuals in an arranged marriage who eventually fall in love.

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