Comments: Bringing Oxytocin Into The Room: Notes On The Neurophysiology Of Conflict

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Yvonne Goodwin, Ky     04/20/11
Oxytocin release
In my research I have formed an hypothesis that C-sections confuse the body chemically. Oxytocin is not released and hormones are then not back in balance after a c-section delivery. It appears to me from my research that We have many c- sections that are medically unnecessary. They are more profitable and can be scheduled for convenience of doctor, hospital and sometimes patient. It is also in many ways less risky for the doctor. Trust levels are hard enough to maintain in a world of constant negative news much less chemical disruption in our bodies/brain. My personal thoughts at this point to share for further thought. Sincerely.

Maureen , Central District   03/11/09
Excellent article, I have also written something similar for solicitors in my town. Cordelia Fine's book "A Mind of Its Own" is a great resource and I also found it useful that in Blink the author advises that when ones heart beat is at 145 beats per second, cognitive function usually breaks down. I really like the way you clearly set out the differences in what the neurochemicals do. Thanks

Ken , Santa Monica CA   02/19/09
Yes, you are completely right. I've done a chart - I think it is in Resolving Conflicts at Work (Jossey Bass) showing fight, flight, freeze -- and also defense, gossiping to someone else, and undermining. The great thing about oxytocin is that it is a parallel and counter response that transforms fight or flight so knowing how to trigger it would be incredibly useful for mediators. Thanks for you commment, Ken

Ken , Santa Monica CA     02/19/09
Unfortunately there are way too many sources. Mine come from years of reading science magazines, the best of which, I find, are New Scientist from England, Scientific American, and Science News. For a general survey, I think the best reads for laypeople are several books by Antonio Damasio. But the most exciting research is happening every day -- for example, it has just been announced that mothers can pass on their experiences to their offspring, even when a gene (for example for memory) has been knocked out beforehand. [New Scientist, 2/7/09, p. 12] This is such exciting stuff and so relevant to our work in conflict resolution, it really deserves expanded coverage. Thanks for your comment and question, Ken

Merriam Saunders, Kentfield CA   02/18/09
Great article. I too am fascinated by both neuropsychology and mediation, but have not seem them brought together this way. Wondering if you have a reference list of sources for your article? Thanks.

David Hurley, Wellington New Zealand     01/27/09
Congratulations on a fine article. May I suggest that the next focus of mediation evolution may well be in neurophysiology and psychology. One comment: the amygdala response to stress includes a third option beyond flight or flight, namely freeze. This is obvious in the animal world; but includes amongst humans for example the partner of an employee who committed suicide blaming pressures at the work place. At mediation with the employer the partner was still so riven with grief (11 months later) that he could offer no ideas of what would enable him to resolve matters. Money though would be an insult. After being heard, and for the first time some safe relaxed interaction with the employer he was able to talk about memorial plaques, lectures, services etc.