Hormones of happiness
"Hormones of happiness" is a non scientific expression which designates four hormones which are thought to have a large impact on one's hability to be happy: serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins. It is likely that the role of those hormones is not fulfilled for various reasons among incels, as incels tend to have a marginal or maladaptive way of life.
Serotonin[edit | edit source]
Dopamine[edit | edit source]
Anhedonia - the lack of experiencing pleasure and lack of motivation - may result from the breakdown in the brain's reward system, involving the neurotransmitter dopamine. Anhedonia can be characterised as an "impaired ability to pursue, experience and/or learn about pleasure, which is often, but not always accessible to conscious awareness"
Oxytocin[edit | edit source]
Oxytocin is a hormonal chemical that is released when a person is touched, hugged or when they have sex. It also increases empathy and communication skills. People on the inceldom spectrum have notoriously low oxytocin levels. Women naturally have much higher oxytocin levels than men.
One study found that social isolation in older adults results in increased sleep disturbance, depressive symptoms and fatigue. Reid Mihalko is an incelologist who has conjured up a physical touch form of therapy whereby one could treat non-sexual symptoms of inceldom through cuddling. A lack of oxytocin is called oxytocinlessness.
Endorphins[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Choi, Hanbyul, Michael R. Irwin, and Hyong Jin Cho. "Impact of social isolation on behavioral health in elderly: Systematic review." World journal of psychiatry 5.4 (2015): 432.