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They also had elevated oxytocin levels indicating

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had higher levels of cortisol and showed more signs of depression, anxiety, and cardiac stress. They also had elevated oxytocin levels, indicating that it is natural, under times of stress, for the body to release the hormone to encourage a being to seek comforting relationships. In the last two weeks of the study, the isolated voles were externally administered oxytocin, and their symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression were drastically decreased. This implies that oxytocin can mitigate the effects of stressful situations, which would be helpful in human beings as many acts of hatred occur because a person is mentally distressed (DeAngelis). In terms of the group favoritism argument, I advocate for more research. There are few, if any, other studies done on this particular aspect of the hormone. A wider base of knowledge is needed to determine if oxytocin has more positive or negative effects because it’s injections in times of mental distress may alleviate destructive emotions and thus reduce acts of hatred.
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Leatherman 7 As for the concern about funding and support of a cognitive therapy program, I feel that the public would be interested enough to advocate not that the government sponsor it, but that another major group or association funds it, such as the American Psychological Association. An external and well-known organization such as this one would likely have enough financial stability to begin shaping this program that would help people across the nation. Although we are not a mental health-supportive nation as a whole, I know that there are so many advocates for mental health that would support a program like this. Conclusion I began this paper by asking questions about the neurology and psychology of hatred and kindness. Research has made evident that each type of behavior has unique brain activity, hormones, and psychology associated with it. With these facts in mind, I propose a combination of oxytocin hormone injection and cognitive therapy to assist in the encouragement of acts and kindness and suppression of acts of hatred. While there are some concerns associated with this, further research would be extremely beneficial. I now leave you, my reader, with one last question: How long are we going to standby as acts of hatred occur knowing that there is potential to reduce or even eliminate them?
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Leatherman 8 Works Cited "Anger - how it affects people." Web. < >. De Dreu, Carsten K. W. "Oxytocin Modulates Cooperation within and Competition between Groups: An Integrative Review and Research agenda ." Hormones and Behavior 61.3 (2012): 419–428. Web. March 5, 2017. DeAngelis, Tori. "The Two Faces of Oxytocin." Monitor of Psychology 39.2 (2008): 30. Print. Kain, Debra. ""Love Hormone" Promotes Bonding." UC San Diego News Center (2008)Web. March 5, 2017. Phillips, Adam, and Barbara Taylor Bradford. On Kindness . Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. Print. Sternberg, Robert J., and Karin Sternberg. "Are there any Cures for Hate?" The Nature of Hate. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 197-216. Print. Wang, Yiwen, et al. "Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Kind Versus Hostile Intentions in the Human Brain: An Electrical Neuroimaging Study." Social Neuroscience 10.3 (2015): 253-67. Print. Zeki, Semir, and John Paul Romaya. "Neural Correlates of Hate." PLoS ONE 3.10 (2008): 1-8. Print.
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