Shyness: A miracle hormone to solve it.

Shyness: A miracle hormone to solve it.

Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal have published in the journal Psychopharmacology a study demonstrating that Hormone would be the key to social openness for the more shy of us.

A cure for overcoming shyness? Researchers claim to have had a nose. A nasty word game since - who would have thought - the authors of this Canadian study propose to inject oxytocin into the nostrils to help introverts in their social relations. This hormone secreted naturally by the pituitary gland, especially during the delivery of women, would also be studied to treat social phobias and autism. Oxytocin facilitates the perception of feelings, so it promotes altruism, confidence, cordiality and open-mindedness, according to the researchers.

Questionnaire on emotional experiences

"Our work shows that oxytocin can change the way people perceive themselves, and increase their sociability," Mark Ellenbogen, who led the study, said in a statement. He also states: "Under the effects of oxytocin, a person can perceive themselves as more extroverted, more open to new ideas and more confident." To reach this conclusion, the researcher and his colleagues recruited a hundred people, women and men, between 18 and 35 years old. They must have no medical history and do not consume cigarettes or drugs.

During the experiment, subjects injected oxytocin into their nose with a nasal spray. Then they completed questionnaires about how they felt 90 minutes later. They were asked about their neuroticism (experience of negative emotions), their extroversion, their openness to new experiences, their friendliness as well as their consciousness. Even the placebo principle would not work, according to the researchers. "Participants who self-administered intravenous oxytocin achieved extraversion scores and openness to new experiences superior to those who took a placebo," says team member Christophe Cardoso.

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