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Monday, 7 January 2019

Chemistry of confidence

Striking a biochemical balance among these chemicals and hormones means you are molding your behavior and feelings in a better way. It will help you climb up the top of the mountain of self-esteem, self-control, strength and confidence.


Being confident is the foremost requirement to do marvelous and wonderful things in your life. There is a direct link between one’s confidence and achievements. The higher confidence level, the higher chances of success. Psychological studies of human beings have concluded that when someone feels himself happy, energized, motivated, successful, peaceful, perfect, strong, safe and secure, his confidence level jumps up.
In other words confidence is the outcome of your feelings. Our feelings are deep rooted in our biochemical structure. Any change in biochemistry changes the way how we feel. When someone feels good, he looks confident. The bottom line is when your biochemical balance is disturbed, you feel bad and your confidence is shattered.

There are a number of biochemical hormones and neurotransmitters which are the basis of your chemistry of confidence. Seven most important hormones and neurotransmitters are discussed in this post to draw a parallel between biochemistry and psychology to understand the biochemical roots of confidence. These are as under:

1. Testosterone: Romantic Hormone

Testosterone is called male sex hormone. Its chemical formula is C19H28O2. In males testosterone is produced by the testicles and in females by the ovaries. Its level in males is 7 to 8 times greater than that of females. Higher level of testosterone is the symbol of male strength. It promotes sense of being perfect and confident. People with lower level of testosterone have weak bones and weak physical structure.

It promotes mental strength and immunity power. Following activities are suggested to hit a new level of testosterone.
• Vigorous physical exercise increases testosterone.
• Romantic relationship with your spouse promotes production of testosterone.
• Multiple orgasm during sexual intercourse increases testosterone.

2. Dopamine: Reward Hormone

Dopamine is a hormone which serves as a neurotransmitter. Its chemical formula is C8H11O2. It is mainly produced in the medulla of the adrenal glands, a sub part of brain. Dopamine increases the level of motivation, self-control, arousal and happiness related to reward.

It promotes sense of being perfect and confident. People with higher level of dopamine are extrovert, happy and confident. Apply following techniques to increase your dopamine.
• Live a purposeful life. Set a goal and achieve it as dopamine causes us to do new things in life.
• Think of your past achievements. It will promote your dopamine and pleasure. In this way you can increase your performance level.
• Physical exercise and proper sleep promotes dopamine production.

Note: Consumption of products containing cocaine, alcohol and nicotine flood artificially, our brain with dopamine. If we make our habit to use these products, it stops natural production of dopamine. We become addicted to these products. So avoid these things and rely on natural dopamine.

3. Serotonin: Happiness Hormone

Serotonin is also known as chemical of confidence. Its chemical formula is C10H12O. It is primarily produced in central nervous system and stored in blood platelets. It serves as a neurotransmitter in central nervous system. It regulates mood, intestinal movement, appetite and sleep pattern.

People with lower level of serotonin feel depressed, unhappy, hopeless and show poor confidence. Following tips are suggested to improve serotonin.
• Serotonin is released when we consume carbohydrates like sweets.
• Improve social bonding, practice gratitude and celebrate past victories and achievements. All these activities promote release of serotonin.
• Feelings of being worthy and confident increase serotonin level.

4. Oxytocin: Love Hormone

Oxytocin is hormone released by hypothalamus. Its chemical formula is C43H66N12O12S2. Oxytocin plays important role in social bonding, maternal behavior, sperm ejaculation, regulation of heart rate, regulation of digestive system and sexual reproduction.

It improves the feelings of connectivity, belonging and confidence. People with lower level of oxytocin feel lonely, disgusted and deprived. Following activities and behaviors increase our oxytocin.
• Kissing the loved one or be kissed by dear one is best source of oxytocin production.
• Love making and mating behaviors are keys to oxytocin production. In women, it is primarily produced during breast feeding.
• Eye contact with dear and near one triggers its production. Simply spending time with people we care about increases our oxytocin.

5. Endorphins: Good mood Hormones

Endorphins are group of peptide hormones released by pituitary gland and central nervous system. Its primary function is to mask the feelings of pain that is why it is known as natural pain killer. People with higher level of endorphins remain happy, look extraordinary confident and behave in good manners. Endorphins are also called mood controlling hormones. Following habits are the ways and means to achieve higher level of endorphins.

• Endorphins are naturally released in response to pain and during vigorous physical exercise.
• Sexual intercourse, multiple orgasm and aromatherapy are best ways to increase endorphins.
• Laughter may also trigger endorphins production. This is why we call laughter is the best medicine.

6. Adrenaline: Excitement Hormone

Adrenaline or adrenalin also known as Epinephrine is released mainly by adrenal glands and certain neurons. Its chemical formula is C9H13NO3. The most important role of adrenaline is to respond during fight-or-flight situation by increasing blood flow to muscles.
Higher level of epinephrine increases negative feelings. So it is suggested to keep it at optimum level. It is produced
• In response to stress and fear.
• During physical exercise
• During fight

7. Noradrenaline: High Alert Hormone

Noradrenaline or noradrenalin also known as norepinephrine is released primarily in the nuclei located in pons _ a subpart of brain. Its chemical formula is C8H11NO3. General function of norepinephrine as neurotransmitter is to promote vigilance and alertness during stress or danger.
It mobilizes the brain and body to take actions. People with lower level of noradrenaline are lazy and unwilling to do new things. People with higher level of noradrenaline are more attentive, focused and confident.

However higher level of norepinephrine promotes restlessness. Following life style is suggested to keep noradrenaline within optimum range.
• Active and healthy life style promotes its production.
• Its production is lowest during sleep and highest during athletic activities. Create a balance between sleep and physical alertness.
• Dopamine is the precursor of norepinephrine. Increase dopamine to hit a flood of noradrenaline.

Conclusion:

Confidence is although, outcome of our feelings yet its roots are biochemical in nature. Striking a biochemical balance among these chemicals and hormones means you are molding your behavior and feelings in a better way. It will help you climb up the top of the mountain of self-esteem, self-control, strength and confidence. Understand this chemistry of confidence, strike a balance in your life and get a new version of yourself which is stronger and touching a new height of confidence.
Chemistry of confidence Reviewed by Abid Bazmi on Monday, January 07, 2019 Rating: 5 Striking a biochemical balance among these chemicals and hormones means you are molding your behavior and feelings in a better way. It wi...

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