chapter  7
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Af®liation, warmth and affection

We have seen that the evolution of attachment is one of the most fundamental aspects of the mammalian mind. Also, the evolution of attachment had a major impact on the evolution of emotional-regulation systems and in particular the importance of a social soothing system that operates with endorphins and oxytocin. This system and these neuro-hormones play a special role in regulating threat and threat arousal.