A psychology buff who really admires Sigmund Freud. His favorite book is "The Interpretation of Dreams" and his most hated chapter is none.
Love, a basic thing for normal living things. Having friends, lover, family and everything that is related to emotional relationship among living things, Specific to human, love come from hormones, i.e. testosterone, estrogen, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin. They are diversified as shown below:
Each hormone itself has its own other function, i.e. testosterone or estrogen to create sexual stability; dopamine to help us strive, focus, and find things interesting; norepinephrine to mobilize the brain and body for action; serotonin to stabilize our mood; oxytocin to facilitate childbirth; and vasopressin to regulate the tonicity of body fluids.
Of course every hormone is important, but can we live without one or more of the hormone(s)?
Living Without Testosterone or Estrogen
Testosterone or estrogen has the main function to regulate sexual mechanisms, such as erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, breast development, sperm or ovum production, etc. When a person has low sexual drive, it tends to have low energy and it impacts its focus, physical strength, and mental sharpness. It may not live its live passionately and thoroughly, so it's simply impossible to live without or with lack of testosterone or estrogen.
Living Without Dopamine
Since dopamine main role is to help people strive, focus, and find things interesting, people without dopamine simply won't have that sharp thoughts. In other research, it was told that, without dopamine, people's brain simply won't work.
Living Without Norepinephrine
Norepinephrine is a hormone that alarms the body if stress or danger occurs. If there is a danger, norepinephrine level will go up and our body will gain the references to act spontaneously due to the danger. Imagine if living without norephinephrine, maybe you won't even bother to be shot by shot guns or even meteors.
Living Without Serotonin
Serotonin, that was often called as "the happy chemical" although it hasn't been researched that deep, really shows the symptomps of the need of happiness when a person lacks of it. A patient that suffered from sepiapterin reductase deficiency (a condition that prevents the production of the enzyme sepiapterin reductase which is essential in the synthesis of both dopamine and serotonin) was reported to show dopamine deficiency symptomps such as difficulties in controlling body movements and some symptomps that weren't related to it such as increased appetite and sleeping problem. They disappeared when doctor gave him 5-HTP, a precursor to serotonin.
Living Without Oxytocin
Besides facilitating in childbirth, oxytocin that is also called as "love hormone" is used to facilitate chemical reaction of love (bonds among people and other things). From the definition above, oxytocin deficiency causes the difficulties in nurturing children and connecting to people, living things, things, and even its sufferer self. That's why oxytocin is a must and can't be traded with anything else.
Living Without Vasopressin
Vasopressin is a hormone that regulates the tonicity of body fluids. It was told on researches that deficiency of vasopressin leads to frequent urination and can lead to dehydration, as well as low blood pressure.
Imagine, you are prone to fainting and fatigue and always have the desire to go to the restroom. Between fainting in front of the toilet door or being unable to walk in front of your restroom mirror. Choose wisely! If you don't wanna choose, increase your level of vasopressin to that ideal level so that cases like that won't happen.
So, What If We Live Without Love?
Living without love is the same as living without those important chemical things that support different aspects in our body. If that is the case, we may have a big question mark, i.e. "what if we live without those chemicals?"
Living without those chemicals is simply impossible. You need them to support some of the critical parts of your life. Even just without one of those chemical, your life will never be the same as before. You will suffer from a lot of bad conditions so that you feel additional difficulties in your life.
So having those chemicals in our life is so important, but the next question is, "should they be obtained from loving?" The answer is yes. Eventhough not all of them should be obtained from loving, some of them should. The one which shouldn't be obtained from loving are testosterone that can be obtained from weightlifting and dopamine that can be obtained from listening to music.
But the good news is, all chemicals can be obtained medically such as serotonin that can be obtained from 5-HTP treatment or oxytocin that can be obtained from injection. So, if you don't wanna live with love, you can inject substances to your bodies while putting your headphone on and holding a dumbell as your body get weaker and weaker.
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