As a philosophy student i naturally question everything, most often myself. Recently i started wondering why i have such a compulsion, a need, to help others. I want to spend my time making others feel better, helping them achieve their goals, helping the community with issues they have etc. This hasn't always been a good thing, often my help is unwanted or i help in the wrong way and this leads to not only the person or people i am helping being annoyed with me but me feeling bad for trying to help or in some cases offering to help then being unable to undertake the task.
As any academic would i turned to research. I wanted to learn WHY i feel the need to help others. It turns out it is linked to my overwhelming need to feel a connection with people, most likely linked to my mental health condition.
- Serotonin (produces intense feelings of wellbeing)
- Dopamine (intensifies motivation)
- Oxytocin (increases a sense of connection to others)"