Do You Have The ‘Love Hormone’ Gene?

(Time Healthland) Telltale Signs You’ve Got the ‘Love Hormone’ Gene?

By Maia Szalavitz Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 5 Comments

Can you tell at first glance if someone is likely to be a good partner or parent? New research suggests that observers can identify the most nurturing and socially sensitive people, just by watching their behavior for 20 seconds — and that these highly empathetic people are more likely to have a gene variation associated with trust and caring.

The genetic variation affects the receptor for oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone” or “cuddle chemical” because it plays a role in social bonding, trust, empathy and generosity. Levels of oxytocin increase during orgasm and childbirth, and it helps the formation of bonds between friends, lovers, and parents and children.

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