Four Basic Personality Types:
1. The glass is half full – optimistic
2. The glass is half empty – pessimistic
3. The glass is half… what’s the question? – indecisive
4. Stop talking about glasses of water! – argumentative
Neurotransmitters of Affection
DOPAMINE increases . . .
stirs up . . .
feelings of attachment
emotionally charged memory
SEROTONIN enhances . . .
mood and flexibility
GAMMA-AMINO BUTYRIC ACID induces . . .
ENDORPHINS increases . . .
sense of pleasure
Role of Frontal Lobe in Intimacy
Male and Female Differences
For women . . .
Limbic system size is larger for women
larger bonding center
primary caretaker for children and elderly
greater incideence of depression
the #1 reason for hospitalization in women 18 – 44
after having a baby (post partum depression)
For men . . .
Inferior parietal lobe (especially the left side) is larger in men
visualizes objects in 3-D
solving math problems
Mood and Emotion
Mood and emotion originate in the brain but are experienced in the body as feelings.
Examples are . . .
fear resulting in
tightness in the stomach
tenseness throughout the body
love causing . . .
lightness in the head
shortness of breath
strong pulsating in the heart
is understanding the true basis underlying the feelings and behaviors of oneself and others
and without judgment based on one’s own belief system.
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