Understanding Hormones

Hormones are silent drivers of behavior and personality; their molecular fingerprints are on everything from attraction to appetite. New parents are slammed with hormones, as is the rookie player on a sports team. And the endocrine system is so complex that the same chemical may behave radically differently from person to person.

Recent Posts on Hormones

Women's Secrets—to the Female Brain

Are scientists figuring out the difference between the male and female brain?

Sex, Gender, and Testosterone

What is the relationship between hormones and gender roles?

Triggering Happiness Hormones In A Society in Turmoil

Ever feel lost, despairing, angry, and searching for answers? I have, and found some answers through learning how to trigger my body's joy hormones.

My Postpartum Surprise Guest

Finally, a plan to prevent postpartum depression

Self-Awareness: Does It Increase Or Decrease Anxiety

Thoughts can cause the release of stress hormones.One way to limit stress is to limit inner awareness where troubling thoughts often reside. But, this strategy can lead to trouble.

Secret Powers of Estrogen

New study reveals how estrogen fights infections.

Why Stress Is Both Good and Bad

What are the pros and cons of stress and how can we cope with feeling stressed out?

Are Power Over Relationships Inevitable?

By Amy Banks on January 09, 2016 Wired For Love
“Neuroaffiliative hormones” are chemicals running through your body 24/7 that help shape your experience of being in human relationship.

Where’s the Nearest Starbucks? Sex Differences in Wayfinding

Are there really evolved sex differences in cognition?

Unlocking the sleep-gut connection

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
What relationship exists between sleep and this microbial ecosystem within the human body? Emerging science demonstrates that there is a very real, dynamic connection between the m

Is Segregation Coming Back?

Is confining women and girls to pink spaces a way to keep them safe?

Why Does Chronic Stress Make Losing Weight More Difficult?

New research shows that long-term stress creates a triple whammy that makes losing weight practically impossible. How can you break this vicious cycle?

Tranquility Promotes Healthier Microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis

A new study links lower stress hormones and healthier microbiomes. These findings suggest that mindfulness meditations that lower stress might improve your "gut-brain axis."

Fear Can Make You Believe the Worst Will Happen. How?

Reflective function critiques our take on reality. When stress hormones cause reflective function to fail, it becomes impossible for us to know what is imaginary and what is real.

The Preservation of Human Energy Through Aging

By Mario D Garrett PhD on December 15, 2015 iAge
What does aging teach us about how the body preserves energy?

New Birth Control for Men

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on December 07, 2015 As You Like It
Sperm production and male hormones are not impacted. Fertility would return within a week after taking the drug.

Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1

For the first time, a new study has identified how "perceived social isolation" triggers fight-or-flight stress responses that can lead to illness and premature death.

Child Rearing: Boundaries and Love

At a certain point during breastfeeding, it is natural for the baby to bite the breast. This is one of many important avenues for mother and baby to negotiate their boundaries—between self and other. All of child rearing revolves around boundaries and love.

Don't Let Recent Events Cause Panic at the Airport

The news is disturbing. If we keep it out of awareness, we feel better. But, avoided concerns can catch up with us. If they hit all at once as we board a flight, panic may result. We are better off if we deal with disturbing news as it happens.

Feeling Hormonal? Slap on the Makeup

Women use more cosmetics when their testosterone levels are high, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Glasgow.

Bliss Molecules and Love Hormones Propel Our Social Networks

Neuroscientists from the University of California, Irvine have discovered that the “love hormone” oxytocin stimulates the brain production of self-produced cannabis neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids—which are also known as the “bliss molecule." This dynamic duo enhances the pleasure of social interactions and drives our human urge for intimate relationships.

New Details About How Melatonin Triggers Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
New findings also suggest that melatonin may be a bridge between the two powerful systems that govern sleep: the circadian system and the homeostatic sleep system.

Good News for Those with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on October 10, 2015 Fertility Factor
Hope for those with polycystic ovarian syndrome to avoid the heartbreak and expense of infertility.

Evolution Tells Us to "Eat Up"

It seems cruel to think about, but are our bodies aiding us in developing an eating disorder? Unfortunately, the answer for some women, is yes.

Do Social Odors Build Cities?

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Sensoria
Is your smell communicating everything about you, from your state of mind to the foods and drugs you take? Learn how the invisible sense of smell influences every aspects of your daily life.

Fear Flying? Statistics Don't Help.

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 20, 2015 Conquer Fear Of Flying
Forty million isn't personally meaningful. But, the number one hits home. It's personal. What did people on that flight feel? Maybe they got on expecting nothing bad would happen. These thoughts trigger the release of stress hormones and a cascade of feelings.

Are Transgender Women Just Reinforcing Sexist Stereotypes?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 Laugh, Cry, Live
How is gender identity formed? Are masculinity and femininity just oppressive stereotypes? Would transgender women, like Caitlin Jenner, exist if men were free to wear dresses? Modern brain research reveals how sex differences, hormones, and experiences influence gender identity and expression.

When Is the Best Time to Give Birth?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 How We Do It
Medical intervention in human birth is now so widespread in industrialized countries that deliveries are seldom spontaneous. Yet with no intervention there is clear persistence of a general mammalian 24-hour biorhythm in birth hour. Is this just a carryover from ancestors that gave birth during their inactive period, or is that basic rhythm still biologically important?

Hormones Play Leading Role in Eating Disorder Risk

Every month, women face a recurring cycle that can throw our bodies out of whack and make some of us suffer in many ways. Not only can the ovarian hormones that drive the menstrual cycle makes us emotional, but they may be flipping switches on the genes that make some women more vulnerable to eating disorder symptoms.

What is Brainlock?

Now you get it: You are trapped—by your own brain activity and chemistry, by developmental patterns from the past, by the way your patterns and your partner's patterns interlock with one another, and by social forces that are hard to see. Read about how this becomes "Brainlock" and cements you (in a plural sense) into a state of irrelationship.