Cause and Effect
Often we are introduced with news orfacts about some unusual human actions. During numerous wars our kindhas fought, people have been able to endure things they could notpossibly survive otherwise. Additionally, people get an unusualamount of strength during life threatening situations. Then, they canrun faster, endure more physical stress, and gain incredible amountof strength. Behind these, and many other situations there is nothingmore than our hormones reacting to the instructions of our brain.Namely, once thinking that it opposing a threat, our brain will issuecommands for adrenaline production, enabling us the abnormal traitsnecessary for escaping or fighting off danger. Moreover, this goesout for sex as well, only in a different way. People start feelingattraction to one another once a different hormone has done its part.Therefore, these chemicals have plenty of influence to our mind andbehavioral patterns.
How Does It Work?
In order for hormones to be producedand distributed to various different parts of our body, we haveglands. Each different type of gland in our organism serves adifferent function, being able to produce hormones causing differenteffects upon our behavior. Controlled by the brain, hormones, onceproduced, are transferred to different body tissue parts by bloodvessels.
How Do Hormones Affect Us?
As far as children are concerned, theirhormonal activity reaches its peak during puberty and adolescence.Then, their hormones influence their physical development and growth,their sexual desire and recognition, the growth of their facial, bodyand pubic hair and trigger numerous other different changes. In thisphase, children are prone to mood swings, abnormal eating as well asfalling in and out of love often.
Women get influenced by hormones quiteoften. During their ovulation period, their personality maytemporarily change, and they may become more sexually attracted tomen, prone to flirting and using means of seduction, all triggered byhormonal activity. Once pregnant, women tend to sleep more, haveextreme cravings for different kinds of food, suffer fromconstipation, change their mood, and do many otherwise unusual things.Also, researches have shown that women may read emotions from otherpeoples' faces better while in this phase. Finally, at older age,women get into menopause. Then, their organisms change once again, aswell as their hormonal balances. Thus, they are prone to moodchanges, hot flashes, depression and many other behavioralphenomenons.
As for men, they are heavily influencedby testosterone. This hormone triggers their sexual desire,aggressiveness and competitive spirit, as well as their overall mood,which is prone to changes every 20 min.
All in all, it is important to knowthat we can ignore hormones, and stay ourselves if our will isstrong. However, once we are not paying attention, hormones maycontrol us easily and change our behavior completely.