Exploring The Stress Response: HPA Axis, Nutrition, Emotions & The Limbic System by Michael McEvoy, FDN, CNC, CMTA
The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea, yet its 3 lobes, the anterior, intermediate and the posterior pituitary produce some of the most powerful hormones of the body.
The posterior pituitary releases a hormone called oxytocin. It is produced in the hypothalamus, stored and released by the posterior pituitary. Oxytocin is involved in the regulation of sexual reproduction. However recent studies indicate that oxytocin is the key hormone that regulates empathy, love and bonding. Deficiencies in this hormone are often found among sociopaths, psychopaths and narcissists.