Oxytocin – How does an individual integrate within a group?

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How Does an Individual Integrate Within a Group

   We learned to live in a pack. Furthermore, our instincts dictate this behavior. Since our early beginning, humans were flocking together, like any other species, in order to protect themselves. As we progressed, individuals started specializing and providing different skill sets for the tribe. But, no matter how we want to rationalize the entire process, it still comes down to one particular cause which influences this behavior. Simply put, we can’t live alone. Humans are social beings that can’t exist without other humans.  This is not only the question of reproduction; it is also about our mental well-being. We are highly dependent on companionship of the other people. As a species, the communication plays a big role in our daily life. Without it, we would feel like there is something important missing. The main question is, how do we become a part of the group? What drives us to choose that particular group of people to join together with them?

    This socialization process is based on work of our hormones. Oxytocin hormone is a substance that regulates most of our social behavior. For example, when we first meet a person, it dictates whether we will befriend it or fear it. This hormone regulates our basic instincts and provides us with foresight when engaging other individuals. Two main traits that influence the first contact with other people are trust and fear, both produced by oxytocin. When individual engages another person, he or she makes the first assessment based on mutual goals and behavior. This is why we like the company of people which are similar to us. It is much easier to understand the people that have same perspective on life. From this, friendship grows. In some cases, the groups are formed through mutual interest. It is more of a business venture than anything else. As long as the interest exists, we are prepared to stay within a group. Those who lack oxytocin have much more issues when meeting new people or when joining a group. In some cases it is even recommended for people to use supplements such as oxytocin nasal spray or oxytocin sublingual drops in order to improve the level of oxytocin in body.

    Once we are a part of the group, oxytocin regulates other processes as well. This hormone plays a major role when it comes to loyalty. It is precisely the reason why certain individuals are prepared to go to certain lengths which other people would regard as irrational. No wonder that oxytocin hormone is called “bonding hormone”, because this is what it does. It helps individuals to bond with each other and it creates trust and loyalty during the relationship. Scientific research has discovered that oxytocin regulates even the negative group behavior. When your group is competing with other group or faction, individuals with high level of oxytocin are prepared to cheat, lie and deceive, so that their group can achieve better results. Oxytocin hormone is one of the most important hormones in our body and it is important basis for our social behavior.

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Comments

  1. I had no idea that “…individuals with high level of oxytocin are prepared to cheat, lie and deceive, so that their group can achieve better results.” This is a very interesting post, thank you for sharing.

  2. i had no ideal about these were high level of oxytocin thanks for shareing

  3. WOW! I had no idea that this Oxytocin is what leads a person toward making friends. I have never heard of this Oxytocin before now. This was a very interesting and informative review. Thanks for sharing this with all of us! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again. Michele 🙂

  4. This is very informative I never realized how important Oxytocin ws to us s human beings!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  5. Yep, I knew that. My son has a thing for facts such as this.

  6. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I am a nurse and did not realize all of this about Oxytocin. I really enjoyed all this information. Our bodies are amazing. I cannot believe people hear all of this and still don’t believe in God. Thank you so uch for sharing

  7. That’s interesting. There are people that prefer to be alone, rather than in a group of people. I’m very shy and not comfortable in a large group setting.

  8. Very interesting. thanks for sharing.

  9. Amber Ludwig says:

    I remember learning aout this in physiology!! Such interesting stuff our bodies and hormones do to help us bond with others!! I still hate people and social situations tho lol 😉

  10. I had no idea , but I have been told to hug more, it will make you happy and put that smile on your face longer 🙂 So I do hug when ever I can 🙂 thanks for share

  11. This was very informative. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Thanks so much for the Fantastic Review on Oxytocin – How does an individual integrate within a group? I was not aware of this Oxytocin and how it works on our bodies and minds! This was very interesting reading. So, this Oxytocin is what lets us make friends or join into a group of friends. It is also the main factor why we all need to have interactions with others and cannot live alone. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic review and all the information shared on Oxytocin – How does an individual integrate within a group with all of us! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  13. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This was really an interesting article. I never knew all of this about Oxytocin and its high importance. Thank you so much for sharing

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