Six months ago I started trying to figure out how neurotransmitters and neuropeptides / neurohormones / neurochemicals worked. I know now, but the problem for so long was looking at the individual in isolation, rather than the individual as part of the environment also.
The reason why so much stuff isn't understood is because we think these work independent of external systems, but they are a response to a larger system as well as individual. You cannot split one from the other. The nervous system is massively involved too.
Health is a holistic issue. This was a pretty massive moment for me figuring out what everything does, and how it works because almost all of the scientists in these fields are looking at one potential effect rather than all the effects that moderate the interactions.
Crying is leaking hormones.
Hormones are generated based on:
Light, Sound, Touch, Smell, Taste.
There’s another two senses I will say also:
Social. We have a social sense.
Self-Determinism. The sense of being in control of our lives.
When these senses needs are not met, we are flooded or deprived of certain neurohormones. That is the basis of mental health.
You can regulate neurohormones in a lot of ways – but you need to work out how all these senses are currently being dysregulated and to make adjustments. You can't fix a lot of these problems with pills or diets, there is underlying stuff that has to be addressed also.
The body keeps the score – that part is true – but the specific part of the body keeping the score is our messaging system – our nervous system. I would go as far to say that our nervous system is our consciousness. Our brain is a storage facility for previous interactions.
No single nerve may be more important due to the way it seems to work than our vagus nerve. Vagal tone appears to one of the most important sense tools – it controls 'interoception' what our body is telling us – the basis of emotion, hot/cold, urination, defecation.
The unifying theory of self-determined perceptive interpersonal neurobiology.
The body-mind duality was a myth.
But the individual-community duality is also a myth.
After figuring this out, I feel more integrated with the world generally. Identity is always shared with the world around you, it never exists in isolation.
I would also argue that the social sense for a lot of us is more than just our own species, it's any 'living' thing. What you define as living is probably what defines your capacity to feel, but I think everything is connected.
Ever solve the problem of your life with a unifying understanding of how and why everything was so hard?
I used to believe in determinism, and I still do to an extent. We have as much control in our world as blood cells do within our own body. Determined by the larger system.