Understanding the Fundamental Principles of Our Hormones

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Men and women are fundamentally different creatures. It’s no wonder we sometimes clash and end up thinking completely different things about the same situation.

Hormonally, we’re poles apart. Scientists have known about these hormonal differences in men and women for a very long time. Yet it seems that when you’re involved in a relationship, it’s something we all forget.

Unfortunately, these very hormonal differences within us can sometimes be the primary contributing factor to failure in relationships.

For example, women will release a hormone called oxytocin when they’re trying to cope with stressful situations, but men will release testosterone.

When a man feels stressed or is facing an emergency or crisis, he’ll release testosterone as a way to help his coping mechanisms trigger the right responses for him. Obviously, men will be drawn to activities that increase testosterone levels for them to help them find ways to cope better with stress.

Problem solving can release testosterone in a man, but it can actually increase stress in a woman. She needs to release the hormone oxytocin for her stress levels to come down.

However, for a woman to release oxytocin, she needs to feel safe, supported, nurtured and cared for. For a woman who isn’t feeling quite secure in her relationship, it can be much harder for her to release the required hormones she needs in order to cope with stress the right way.

She needs to be able to give and receive love and feel secure and nurtured before she can release oxytocin into her

system and reduce her stress so she feels good again. Of course, increased levels of oxytocin in men can sometimes increase their own stress levels.

This can trigger arguments and fights between couples who aren’t aware of how to deal with these differences.

The key to balancing each of our hormonal differences is to understand how those differences can make us act and think. By understanding these things, it’s much easier to begin working on helping each other get what we need within a relationship, which can only lead to a more harmonious partnership in the long run.

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