Dating nervous stomach
The autonomic nervous system is associated with the formation of attachment bonds through the brain’s release of oxytocin, or the “love hormone,” which has receptors on the vagus nerve and in the gut, according to a 2016 paper in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
The vagus nerve also allows for emotional regulation, especially via the heart rate, which allows healthy social interaction to take place.
She had noticed him earlier that day and couldn’t believe the coincidence, seeing the same handsome stranger twice. Mac Kinlay, now 33, who is from Toronto, did the highway math immediately. The thought “we could date,” went through her head. Normally a composed person, Mac Kinlay found herself becoming “a blubbering idiot,” but worse, she had to stop herself from puking when he was around. “I don’t know if everyone feels this, but I felt violent butterflies.
I was very nervous around him, to the point where I sometimes thought I was going to be sick.”Thankfully, Cook found it endearing.
One regulates involuntary bodily functions, such as breathing, digestion and arousal.
A cheeky mnemonic device for this, the parasympathetic nervous system, is “feed and breed” or “rest and digest.” The other branch is associated with the sympathetic nervous system, which is the “fight or flight” response.
That has implications for new research, he said, especially for when it comes to the ways digestive health and the gut’s microbiome can influence mental health and vice versa.
Psychologists have suggested the human stress response is integral to the beginning stages of a relationship and helps to form “monogamous romantic pair bonds” — also known outside of academic writing as “couples.” Social interaction, including falling in love, is enabled by experiencing, displaying and responding to emotion, which are regulated by the autonomic nervous system.
Emotion-related changes will also affect the gut microbes and the molecules they produce.
CRF also signals the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenalin, and tells the enteric nervous system to divert energy away from digestion.
The stomach slows down and may even reverse, and the intestines speed up.
When Lauren Mac Kinlay started her master’s degree in the U. in 2008, she accepted an invitation from a friend to meet the other Canadian at the school.
At the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama campus pub, she was introduced to Brad Cook.