Brain Emotional Systems, Lust and Sex!
There is a core sensualist system in everyone creating sexual urges that link up with the seeking system, that we talked about earlier. Of course males and females link up with that seeking system differently. A females sexuality is more strongly regulated by oxytocin circuits creating sexual appetite facilitated by dopamine seeking urges. Estrogen promotes oxytocin transition in the brain in order for females to be receptive to desire. Testosterone on the other hand is strongly regulated for male sexuality intensifying male sexual assertiveness as well as jealousy.
As human beings, we exercise extensive restraint over these urges because we have our higher cognitive functioning’s which can block the free flow of libidinal energy. This libidinal energy can get in the way of quality and ability to sleep as well, after all, if you are exciting yourself, expect to be excited! Here is the kicker, if that sexual excitement results in satisfaction of your needs (the care/nurturance seeking system) it will be conducive to sleep! However, if it does not lead to satisfaction of your needs, not resulting in the feeling of care/nurturance, then the sexual activity will actually have the opposite effect. That opposite effect can result in emotional pain, psychological pain, stimulate the panic grief system, lower self esteem, make you feel bad about yourself, making it more difficult to sleep. This increase in the feeling of psychic pain will as a result, stimulate the need to find the need for these energies else where.
In order to facilitate the need for strong bonding and the release of that oxytocin, instead will be directed towards a self expression in other ways, in order to soothe the self in sympathy. The emotional attachment and regulation of meaningful whole bodied dynamics associated with the core sensualist system, therefore needs to be acted on elsewhere and can be found with the ingestion of food (usually, high fat, high carbs, high salt). Emotions are meant to be both corrective and integrative for living inside the body of an active mobile self-agent. Emotional changes mediate feelings adjusting and maintaining the energy resources of the body. Emotions pay attention to the world outside of the self always aiming to mediate how the self perceives their environment.
This adaptive functioning directs itself to both a positive approach of behaviour or a negative withdrawal. The negative withdrawal is a way to self-protect against negativity, bad feelings and stress. The positive approach of behaviour results in the further need to acquire more positivity, good feelings and benefits. Emotions depend greatly on self-perceptions of events and circumstances, which can bring creative benefits of the feeling of adventure and further needs of experience but also, can go the other way, to distortions or delusions. Anxiety can result, which can make the present and/or future feel unbearable. When emotions are associated with past negative experience, it can give rise to phobias, addictions, and obsessions. When emotions are associated with past positive experience, it can give rise to positive self-aesthetic or positive moral self-evaluations to seek satisfying actions in the present or the future of more sexual excitement. Negative emotions are for survival and trigger survivalist activities such as eating, sleeping, drinking etc. in order to avoid the fact that needs have not been met. When needs are not met, then negative emotions can ensue, causing all of these survivalists tactics to go off the rails.
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