Do Pheromones Really Play a Positive Role in Attraction?

Do Pheromones Really Play a Positive Role in Attraction?

You must have heard about the metaphorical saying ‘love is in the air’. It would indeed be interesting to speculate whether love (or let’s say physical attraction) is really in the air in the form of pheromones.

Pheromones are in fact natural chemical substances released by animals or humans, which work as aphrodisiacs influencing the physiology and behavior of others (usually the opposite sex).

Pheromones are generally predominant in animals or insects; although research has proved that human pheromones exist, it is said that they are not powerful enough to carry out their job of attraction, owing to everyday smog.

But there exists an intrinsic relationship between pheromones and attraction, which makes these chemical substances an ideal solution for many people struggling to attract the opposite gender. Although normally overlooked, it is a grave problem affecting sentimental and social life.


Although normally overlooked, it is a grave problem affecting sentimental and social life.

So, how will pheromones help you?

Pheromones are mainly used to make human interactions smoother, and, to be more specific, they help in arousal of sexual desire. In other words, using pheromone products will make members of the opposite sex become keenly aware of your presence as you walk past them.

According to many scientists, the vomeronasal organ (VNO) present in the noses of animals, allows detection of pheromones. Remarkably, a study conducted in 2011 on humans showed that the brains of participants exposed to the pheromone androstadienone reacted positively, irrespective of whether these participants possessed or lacked VNOs.

As research is continually being carried out to understand whether or not sexual attraction is triggered by pheromones, the following benefits are more or less established.


  • Pheromones boost the number of eye contact with the opposite gender
  • They enhance the number of times you interact with the opposite sex
  • Pheromones are instrumental in developing a speedy chemistry between men and women
  • These chemical substances power up the personal life of couples

So, if you are a man who has been suffering from many awkward moments when you tried hard to get attention from women but with zero results, be rest assured that application of pheromones is bound to alter that situation.

Interestingly, you will not only be at the receiving end of more eye contacts, but you will also find that these eye contacts are soon changing to real conversations and interactions. The same is true for women too.

Studies have shown that human pheromones have the remarkable capability of making the people interacting with you relaxed, and this, in turn, boosts the chances of dating the man or woman of your choice.

On a different note, if you wear pheromones during work, your colleagues will feel more relaxed while interacting with you.


Finally, pheromones can work wonders for partners by triggering sexual attraction and boosting the urge for physical relationships.

Are pheromones the only weapon of attraction?

Although pheromones and attraction are integrally related, pheromones are not everything. There are a lot of things that are crucial in triggering attraction, such as physical appearance, wealth, social status and personality, amongst others.

Pheromones for men are specially considered as effective at attracting opposite sex.

The world does go a lot by appearance and if you maintain an eye-catching getup, you are bound to attract those gazes you always longed for. You do not need to be a supermodel, a Mr. Universe or a diva, but following general rules of clean dressing, keeping body odor at bay, maintaining a sense of style, and so on, can save your day.


Also, your personality traits decide whether you can be the ideal mate, not to mention of social status and wealth, which are important show stealers.

On the whole, it is true that pheromone users do make a mark when it comes to attraction. In addition to pheromones, if certain other traits are maintained at the ‘optimal’ level, they can also be vital instruments of attraction.

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Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]


Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.


In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]



Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.


Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.


In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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[1] US National Library of Medicine: Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain
[2] Daily Mail: Nursing a broken heart? How taking a paracetamol could dull the pain of rejection
[3] Mother For Life: Oxytocin’s Role
[4] Psychology Today: Facebook and Your Brain
[5] Alex Korb: The Upward Spiral

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