If you are not holding the hormone oxytocin in the highest regard now, you will after listening to this episode’s guest, Sue Carter, PhD, as she explains how this remarkable hormone may hold the key to much of what makes us who we are. In particular, Dr. Carter describes the myriad ways that oxytocin allows humans to feel safe enough in the world and with each other to engage in the many types of bonding/sharing behaviors that have allowed us to create the world in which we live.
It’s All About Relationships, and Not Just With Other People. What COVID Is Trying To Tell Us About Well-Being
Why are people more frightened by COVID than by global warming? Despite being frightened, why are many of us now choosing to be with other people, even at a risk to our own health? Can we draw lessons from these contradictions that will allow us to deepen our relationships with each other while staying healthy, as individuals and societies? And how can we best use the COVID pandemic to recognize changes we will need to make if we want to continue living in a modern, interconnected world? In this podcast as Professor Christine Whelan interviews “Health Is Everything” host Charles L. Raison, MD, who explores these and related topics through the lens of evolutionary psychology and behavioral immunology. A psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Raison is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families in the School Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Visiting Professor in the Center for The Study of Human Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.