- Zman Kietilipooskie
- Arvada, CO
- United States
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Intimate contact is a social hack of a process developed through evolution.
Warning, this might ruin the mystery of intimacy!!
While thinking about Sexual Orientation I began to think about sexual acts, this brought me to signs of affection, such as kissing and hugging and other intimate acts. Any intimate act, such as hugging or kissing and obviously sex, are desired by a person because of the chemical reactions that occur in the brain as a result of the action. Some chemicals produced by kissing are:
Oxytocin, which is involved in feelings of attachment and affection between people.
Dopamine, which helps the brain process pleasure, pain and emotions.
Serotonin, which plays a big role in determining a person's mood.
Adrenaline, which is what gives you a rush when you kiss. It increases your heart rate and feeds your "fight-or-flight" response.
Hugging also produces some similar effects.
In general the brain reacts this way to intimate contact.
So basically, in my opinion every time you want to hug or kiss another person (besides your significant other, or sometimes others) it is a evolutionary "hack" created by society that is based on sexual reactions in the brain. Being that originally the only goal of the brain was to reproduce. The sensation one gets from intimate contact is a good feeling designed to incourage you to do it again and to eventually mate with the person. This implies that this chemical reaction is very primitive, and can be applied to kissing anyone regardless of sexual orientation. Even if you are not even attracted to the person sexually, you still get this feeling. I also beleive that maybe the sensation you get from kissing is a result from the evolutionary incouragement for babies to drink thier mothers milk, in other words the baby doesn't understand why it needs sustenance only that it gets a good feeling when drinking it's mothers milk, and this chemical reaction is never removed from the person.
Emotions. (2011). Retrieved from http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/body-react-to