In this article, I will give a brief overview of the role of human pheromones and sexual attraction. Is there a chemical released by the human body that attracts members of the opposite sex, or are we a more visually and socially driven species? These are questions that have plagued the medical and scientific community for decades. There is some interesting new data on pheromones that deserve extra consideration.
History of Pheromones
In nature, and especially among insects, pheromones play a very important role. In fact, some species would probably become extinct if it weren’t for pheromones because for those species, there would be no chance of mating. In such species, the females release pheromones into their environment, and when those pheromones are picked up by a male of the same species, they basically tell the male that there is a female nearby, and one which is ready for reproducing/mating.
Human pheromones were first discovered in 1974 by Dr. George Dodd, who discovered the alpha-androstenol sex pheromone. This discovery was made after a woman, Martha McClintock, noticed that women living in close proximity would undergo a change of their menstrual phase in order to ovulate at the same time each month. This hypothesis was proven to be true after many experiments, thus leading to the discovery of these human sex pheromones.
What Are Pheromones?
In short, they are a colorless, odorless chemical released by a variety of species. There is more than one type of pheromone in the animal world and each has its own agenda. For example, bees excrete an alarm pheromone whenever the hive is threatened; this brings out the defense mode and results in the offending party being stung repeatedly.
When it comes to mating in the animal world, there is no doubt that pheromones play a significant role, among many species. Sea urchins, for instance, release a pheromone into the surrounding water that tells others urchins nearby to release their sex cells all at the same time. Of course, this is but one example in the animal kingdom there are many more!
In the Animal Kingdom
Pheromones are widespread through the animal world as well, and that includes us humans. Yes, we humans also produce pheromones and we also release them into the environment, but unfortunately for us guys (and many girls), our pheromones are not quite as aggressive as many of us would like them to be. We live far longer than your average insect, so we have plenty of time to find a mate. Most of us don’t want an army of kids either and most of us tend to get into steady relationships which in turn allow us to reproduce as multiple times with the same partner.
I guess one could say that Mother Nature has decided that we manage this well enough on our own so therefore we don’t really need all the help we can get. The problem for us is that Mother Nature has totally ignored the fact that us guys don’t only want to get laid when it’s time for making a baby. We want regular sex, and we want it regularly for many years. Fortunately, there are now some really cool pheromone products on the market which can at least help to get you laid. They can’t do the impossible, but they make the challenge a bit easier, providing that you focus on using quality products.
In the same way that each person’s brain react differently to visual stimulus, the signals sent to the brain by the VMO are interpreted differently by each person’s brain, meaning that each person will react differently to the pheromones detected by their VNO.
Pheromones are detected by the vomeronasal organ in humans which many experts believe has had an evolulationay role. The vomeronasal organ is responsible for the detection of odors and send chemical signals to the bran that illicit an emotional response. Phermones can make women approachable to you and increase feelings of attraction and confidence. In fact, if I were to choose any pheromone it would beat Pherazone. The more pheromones you have the easier it will be to meet women and get them in bed.
How Pheromones Affect Humans
An unmarried man living alone on a remote island notices that when he visits the mainland and spends time with women, his facial hair grows faster. When people dance, they also perspire, which allows their pheromones to be released into the air. Sometimes, a fast dance is followed by a slow one during which the woman moves in toward the man’s body, her face and nose close to his armpits.
Blonds, brunettes, and redheads are said to possess distinctly different body odors, and men often express preferences for the color of hair they like on a woman. Women, too, have their own ideas about what is attractive in a man. Could these preferences be related to classes of pheromones genetically linked to hair color?
The benefit of pheromone sex has intrigued anthropologists and evolutionary scientists for years. But if we look closer at the physiology of oral sex, we find that it might have significance in mate selection.
A preference of hair color, an attraction to sweat, dancing, oral sex, body odor-all are examples of how pheromones might be able to inﬂuence our interactions with other people. Is a preference for a specific hair color based on the pheromones and body odor of the person we admire? When we say we love dark hair, are we really saying we like people whose body chemistries produce pheromones that are most pleasing to our vomeronasal; organs?
Strands of hair make an especially practical way for pheromones to deliver their messages. Pheromones cling to strands of 73 hair, only you can’t see or feel them. That’s why our underarms and groin areas (and, in men, the chest, which can be hairy) are I so heavily imbued with pheromones; we hold them close in , our axillary and pubic hair. When the skin is warm and moist, as it is in the groin and armpit areas, pheromone-containing perfume.
Pheromone Research on Human Behavior
Given that the body reacts physiologically to the prospect of commiting crime, could it be that our intuition and gut feelings are really responses to pheromones? When we meet a stranger in an elevator and immediately get the willies, are we experiencing a negative reaction to this person’s body chemistry?
Perhaps a person about to commit a serious crime like rape, murder, or robbery emits a pheromonal signal that reﬂects his internal state. The body, revved up to do harm to another person, could actually change its own chemistry, and the victim might quite literally be able to sniff such a warning.
The theory of violence prediction involves using all of one’s sensory systems to assess someone who is, for whatever reason, a bit off. We might look at this person and notice a shift in his eyes as he speaks, or our sense of hearing might discover inconsistencies and alert us accordingly. But when we are face-to-face with a potential attacker, is it our sixth sense that truly sends the warning message? When we feel nervous around someone, uneasy for no reason and tempted to ﬂee rather than ﬂirt, are we being driven by pheromonal signals relayed to our hypothalamus, which controls our emotions and our autonomic fight-or-ﬂight response?
Science has not yet given us definitive answers to these questions, but it is intriguing to consider the possibilities. Yes, we should, as de Becker advises, attempt to be as keyed in as possible to the people we encounter. A part of that awareness means being highly attuned to our sense of pheromones.
Fear and Intuition
A new field of study has caught the attention of the media: how people can tap into their intuition to protect themselves from becoming crime victims.
Every situation is different, but experts point to pheromonal similarities that can act as guidelines in assessing potentially dangerous scenarios: body language, voice inﬂection, speech patterns, and how language is used to intimidate and create a false sense of intimacy. The basic theory underlying violence prediction is that we know on a subconscious level if someone is not quite right. Without realizing we’re doing so, we pick up on subtle cues in a person’s speech and body language.
Pheromone Signals That Protect Us from Violence, has captured the attention of readers intent on finding out how they can avoid becoming targets of crime, contends that fear itself is a good measure of potential problems. De Becker claims we are hard-wired to process the subtleties of fear in amazingly accurate ways. He describes it this way in an interview in Red 190012: “You feel fear. The doors to the elevator open and you see a man inside who causes you to feel apprehension. Maybe it’s the way he looks at you, his size, his eyes—it doesn’t matter why. But your intuition speaks to you in clear terms, telling you there is danger. . . . Your intuitive capabilities have an extraordinary capacity to protect you. . . . Intuition is the cornerstone of your safety. It’s nature’s ultra-efficient way of alerting you, instantaneously, to danger.”
Once again we hear that word: intuition. In order to ward off danger, we’re told to listen to our intuition, to follow our gut feelings. We are well-advised to heed our silent but important warnings about other people. When someone frightens us, we are encouraged to embrace that fear rather than rationalize and dispose of it. But there is also a physiological component to fear.
Our bodies undergo profound pheromone changes when we are frightened, angry, or stressed. Dogs can “smell” fear because of their ability to detect very slight changes in a person’s body chemistry. People who are gearing up to commit a crime experience.
Pheromones increases in body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. They also emit a strong, musky odor, the by-product of a nervous, amped-up sweat produced by the apocrine glands.
Do humans have and react to pheromones secreted by others of our species? The research is ongoing but preliminary findings are supporting a pheromone connection. As can be expected the debate will rage on, as will the research but for now we can know there is some evidence that sex pheromones and others do exist in humans.