The Role of Oxytocin, Dopamine, and Serotonin in Self-Confidence
Confidence is typically perceptible intuitively and observed in everything: the way you communicate with people in-person or by phone, your gait, your style, your choices. Almost no one knows that confidence is a quality that highly depends on a person’s hormonal state.
This is not just behavior that makes us confident, this is what we feel about our look and inner world and how we transmit this perception into the environment. If there’s no constant self-doubt, enough positive self-assessment and attitude to others, and optimism concerning the success of your actions, this is that very confidence that helps in any situation and reduces unnecessary stress.
The level of confidence can change from time to time with almost no objective reason and this is caused by the balance or imbalance of certain hormones. The same person can feel very differently at different time frames when their hormones fluctuate. Let’s see what the role of hormones for self-confidence is.
Hormones and Self-Confidence
Many of us can admit that our level of self-confidence depends on how we look and feel, while our look and well-being depend on how much we have slept, how balanced our nutrition is, how much sports we do, and even the clothes we wear.
Numerous hormones affect our rhythm of life and thus they affect our confidence. These hormones are dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, testosterone. Serotonin and endorphins are secreted when a person feels satisfaction and happiness, testosterone is the main sex hormone in men and the main hormone responsible for libido in men and women. What are the three other hormones? Let’s review them in detail.
3 Hormones to Ensure Your Confidence
Oxytocin: This hormone is often referred to as the love hormone since it is secreted when a person is in love or when he or she communicates with a beloved person. Oxytocin is also responsible for sexual arousal and orgasms as well as plays the role in wound healing and inflammation reduction. The same hormone is produced when a woman gives birth to a baby and is responsible for maternal behavior, and even lactation.
Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and stored in the pituitary gland. When the level of this hormone is ok, you feel confident enough for communication and feel connected to others.
Dopamine: This hormone is known as a motivator hormone and helps us feel goal-oriented, motivated, confident, and happy. This hormone makes us feel elated and excited when our goals are reached. Dopamine is responsible for falling in love and makes us feel attracted to a new person if we like his or her appearance, voice, or some traits of character.
Serotonin: Serotonin is a happiness hormone produced in the gut. This is a neurotransmitter responsible for intuition, self-connectedness, and calm. This hormone is able to stabilize our mood, provide a feeling of well-being, and make us feel happy when there is nothing that bothers us.
A perfect balance of all hormones produced in our body creates that certain harmony that each of us strives to. It’s not always possible to avoid all risks for hormonal health in everyday life but it is quite possible to make our lifestyle as safe as possible by making beneficial life choices and taking care of ourselves and our closest ones.
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