New research suggests sex inspires spirituality and even religious beliefs. According to Duke University’s study, in America, this is due to oxytocin; the ‘love hormone’ is released during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding
Sex inspires spirituality and even belief in God.
According to the research, sex releases a ‘love hormone’ oxytocin. The hormone not only promotes social bonding, altruism but also divinity – especially in men.
Researchers at Duke University, in North Carolina, say that sex more could therefore inspire a belief – or an increased belief – in God and religion.
The study looked at oxytocin a hormone which is often stimulated during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding
during the research, involving sexually active me, not all of them had previously said that faith was a part of their lives. However, they felt highly spiritual when sexually active. They also expressed a feeling of unity with other people and living things.
Oxytocin, it seems, sparked more positive emotions, such as awe, gratitude, hope, inspiration, love, and serenity. But it didn’t affect everyone equally – those with a certain gene, called CD38 and which regulates its release in the brain, had a much more amplified response.
According to the study, which was published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, women produce more oxytocin then men, but Duke University hasn’t yet studied its effects on female godliness.
Dr Van Cappellen adds that another study needs to be carried out with women as the chemical operates differently between genders. ‘Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors” she revealed.
‘However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe.
the level of ‘Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still needs to be investigated.