Can a Hormone Cure Shyness?

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(Telegraph) Oxytocin – the love hormone – could cure shyness

A nasal spray could cure shyness, a new study suggests.

Scientists have discovered that the hormone oxytocin could help wallflowers overcome awkwardness in social situations.

The chemical dubbed “the hormone of love” is known to increase empathy and bonding – especially parents and their children.

But now researchers have found it improves the social skills of the shy – but has little effect on those who are naturally confident.

The finding could have implications for those with severe social deficiencies, often apparent in conditions like autism.

Researchers at Israel’s Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment and Columbia University were examining whether the hormone, which occurs naturally in the body could make us more understanding of others.

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1 Comment

  • October 4, 2012

    Hannah

    I think it probably causes a bit of a controversy to insinuate that shyness is an illness that needs a cure.

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