Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mystery solved

Recent research has solved a mystery for me.

The mystery?

Why was it that although I rarely spoke to my mother about personal stuff, talking to her on the phone made me feel calmer, and more in control, encouraged, and – of course – loved.

According to the BBC report of the research - “US researchers put more than 60 girls in a stressful situation and monitored their hormonal responses when they were either phoned or hugged afterwards. Their mother's voice produced virtually the same amount of the stress-quelling hormone oxytocin as physical comfort.”

I miss that oxytocin.

Holton Beckering 028 -  X1a

That’s me at the front with the book.

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