‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Good For Your Brain, Says Top Doc Daniel Amen

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By A. C. Rose

We asked leading brain doctor, Daniel Amen, MD, about the benefits of reading Fifty Shades of Grey. He agrees it good for us!

Dr. Amen is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and expert on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. As founder of the Amen Clinics and bestselling author of 29 books, he is a leading expert on all things about the female brain.

He indicated that the reason we love reading Fifty Shades so much is that it can heighten feel good chemicals in the brain and inspire more sexual activity as home, which in turn helps us feel better!

We were able to pose a couple of question to him about Fifty Shades during a interview about his book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex, in which he offers tools and exercises for understanding, optimizing, and harnessing the power of the female brain — including a program for relief from depression. The books was released in paperback last month.

Here’s an excerpt from our interview.

A. C. Rose: Fans seem so happy when they read Fifty Shades of Grey. Do you think it boosts their Serotonin?

Dr. Daniel Amen: It’s not Serotonin, it’s Dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical that is pleasure, surprise, motivation, “OMG,I can’t believe he did that,” or “I can’t believe she’s giving into him.” I think husbands or boyfriends get the benefit because now it helps the women relax.

Is it correct to that that when people are reading fiction books, the brain can’t tell difference between reading it and doing it?

Dr. Amen: Yes. You have to be careful what you read. I think you have to be careful what you read because it becomes part of your DNA. It stimulates people.

You mean Christian Grey gets into your brain? Is that how it works?

Dr. Amen: Happy thoughts. He becomes part of synapses. You’re much more likely to remember something if it’s visual and emotionally intense, good or bad. For that month my wife was reading those three books, I noticed that she was more talkative, more happy, and more edgier, and was very curious.

Does this book alleviate depression in women?

Dr. Amen: I think it’s the trigger that leads to other things that helps alleviate depression in women. Women are more stressed out now because they are doing too much, working full time, managing their husbands, taking care of their kids. Because of that they begin to ignore some of the really important parts of life that have anti-depressant qualities like making love to your husband. I am convinced it has anti-depressant qualities, not just because I’m a guy (I’ve been accused of that). It’s the exercise and the eye contact, touching and closeness. Another treatment for depression is interpersonal psychotherapy, teaching people to get along with other people has anti-depressant qualities.

So it is no surprise that reading the book can improve a readers love life and perhaps your mental health?

Dr. Amen: If you read the book you are tinglier inside and you like your husband more, then you are relieving some of the built-up energy from reading the book on a more regular basis, which has anti-depressant affects.

Does the basic act of reading make you feel like it’s really possible? Like it’s happening to you in real life?

Dr. Amen: It depends on the book. Ken Follett is great about writing about relationships and you find yourself totally immersed and it’s like you are there. This is why you smile and why you laugh–because he’s talented at being able to put you right where the story is… right where the bedroom is… right where the flirtatious woman or guy is.

And many of us feel like we are right there when reading Fifty Shades and other steamy novels!

Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex is packed with great advice for women on how to be healthy, happier, calmer, and to access the power of the female brain. He says some of our natural skills include intuition, empathy, self-control, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Dr. Amen is also the author of the bestselling book The Brain and Love, for more information on his take on the benefits of love, sexual activity, romance, and the brain. Its a really fun book.

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Video: Jamie Dornan Talks About His Sexy Photo Shoot in Venice

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Jamie Dornan, you look Marvelous! And more like our Mr. Grey, everyday.

There is a lot of excitement and buzz over actor Jamie Dornan’s new fashion photos for an upcoming campaign for Hogan.

The Fifth Shades of Grey star was unveiled this week as Hogan’s SS14 campaign.

It was shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan, against the romantic backdrop of Venice, Italy.

Hot. Hot. Hot!

Check out Jamie’s interview for Hogan… and fall in love!

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Billboard Image and Locations Revealed

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By A. Charlotte Rose

Mr. Grey Will See You Now.

That’s what the new billboard for the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaption says. It features and image of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, from the back, looking out of his huge glass windows on onto all of Seattle in his “mater of the universe” stance.

Entertainment Weekly reported this morning that: “On Jan. 25, the studio will begin to debut these extra large billboards, featuring Irish actor Jamie Dornan as the kinky, domineering billionaire, in five locations around the country. The campaign kicks off the countdown to the film’s opening on Valentine’s Day weekend 2015.”

Let the 12 and half months of teasing begin!

Here are the first five US locations where you can find the billboard, according to Entertainment Weekly.

*New York (Grand St. & 6th Ave)
*Los Angeles (Wilshire Blvd. & Gayley)
*Chicago (LaSalle & Hubbard)
*San Francisco (Mission St. & 6th)
*And Mr. Grey’s own hometown of Seattle (1st St. & Wall St.).

This is the first official marketing kick off to what is sure to be a year of wooing that will have us all hungering for the movie, even more than we are now!

Let us know when you have spotted a billboard in your hometown.

Christian Grey, Ana Steele, and the Non-Kiss That Began It All

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By A. Charlotte Rose

Photos from the filming of Fifty Shades of Grey have been reminding us of the very hot non-kiss that began the relationship between Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

Here’s an excerpt about that scene–and about kissing–from a paper about Christian and Ana I wrote for a course called “Theories of Love and Romance.” All the quotes from Fifty Shades of Grey are of course attributed to E.L. James and this, of course, comes with a big SPOILER ALERT:

In fairytales, the kiss is the thing that can awakens the sleeping princess or turns the frog or beast back into a prince. Ana wanted that! But in Fifty Shades of Grey it was a refused kiss that first fueled the flames of Ana’s intrigue and desire.

Christian invited Ana for coffee, and on the way back to his hotel she is nearly run over by a speeding cyclist. Christian catches her from falling. “It all happened so fast—one minute I’m falling, and the next I’m in his arms and he’s holding me tightly… He’s staring into my eyes, and I hold his anxious, burning gaze for a moment or maybe it’s forever … but eventually, my attention is drawn to his beautiful mouth. And for the first time in my 21 years, I want to be kissed. I want to feel his mouth on mine (James, 2012, p. 48).”

They are both deeply drawn and moved by this moment, but Christian, knowing her innocence and his own darkness, refuses to kiss her. “Anastasia, you should steer clear of me. I’m not the man for you (James, 2012, p. 48),” he whispers. She leaves the situation fearing she’s misread his interest and he leaves even more desirous of her.

When they finally do kiss, it is in an uncontainable eruption of passion and it is the action that fully launches the erotic adventure between Christian and Ana—and the reader. It occurs at the Heathman Hotel, before the characters have had a sexual experience, and before Ana has signed the NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) that Christian insisted must be in place before their relationship could begin. Since paperwork and agreements were a huge part of book one in the trilogy, this scene showed the sheer force of their attraction and illustrates so many of the erotic cues that drew them both in.

This passage has become legendary among fans:

“We walk in silence down the corridor toward the elevator. As we wait I peek up at him through my lashes, and he looks out of the corner of his eyes down at me. I smile, and his lips twitch.”
“The elevator arrives, and we step in. We’re alone. Suddenly, for some reason, possibly our proximity in such enclosed space, the atmosphere between us changes, charged with an electric, exhilarating anticipation. My breathing alters as my heart races. His head turns fractionally toward me, his eyes darkest slate. I bite my lip.”

“Oh, fuck the paperwork,” he growls. He lunges at me, pushing me against the wall of the elevator. Before I know it, he’s got both of my hands in a viselike grip above my head, and he’s pinning me to the wall using his hips. Holy sh-t. His other hand grabs my hair and yanks down, bringing my face, up and his lips are on me. It’s not painful. I moan into his mouth, giving his tongue an opening. He takes full advantage, his tongue expertly exploring my mouth. I have never been kissed like this. My tongue tentatively strokes his and joins his in a slow, erotic dance that is all about touch and sensation, all bump and grind. He brings his hand up to grasp my chin and holds me in place. I’m helpless, my hands pinned, my face held, and his hips restraining me. His erection against my belly. Oh my… He wants me. Christian Grey, Greek God, wants me, and I want him here, here, now, in the elevator (James, 2012, p. 77-78).”

When the elevator stops and the kiss abruptly ended, they walk out to the lobby:

“I struggle to keep up with him because my wits have been thoroughly and royally scattered all over the floors and walls of elevator three in the Heathman Hotel.” Ana goes off to work still reeling from the experience. “The memory of our kiss this morning comes back to haunt me. I have thought of nothing else all day… to say I was distracted would be the understatement of the year (James, 2012, p. 87). ”

Understanding the chemistry of a kiss can help explain the desire and sexual awakening Ana felt, as well as understanding why she felt fragmented afterwards, and distracted, because the kiss ended suddenly.

In The Science of Kissing, Sheril Kirshenbaum says that a lot goes on in the body before a kiss, and a tremendous amount occurs once the lips touch. “During a passionate kiss, our blood vessels dilate and receive more oxygen than normal to the brain. Our breathing becomes irregular and deepen; our cheeks flush, our pulse quickens, and our pupils dilate, which may be one reason so many of us closes our eyes (Kirshenbaum, 2011, 78).

“Perhaps most important of all, when we kiss, all five of our senses are busy transmitting messages to the brain. Billions of little nerve connections are at work, firing away and distributing signals around our bodies. Eventually, these signals reach what is called the somatosensory cortex: the region of the brain that processes feelings of touch, temperature, pain, and more. Here they are interpreted, resulting in thought such as: ‘Did he just have onions?’ or “where is that hand wondering (Kirshenbaum, 2011, 79).’”

Ana was pretty taken with where his hands wandered and this kiss set the stage for the passion that would ensue. “A kiss is more than a kiss,” writes Judith Horstman. “It is an intimate exchange of scents, tastes, textures, secrets, and emotions. A touch of the lips triggers a cascade of neural messages and chemicals that transmit tactile sensations and sensual excitement, feelings of closeness, motivation, and even euphoria.”

What Is Your Favorite Romance Movie?

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Fifty Shades of Grey News surveyed readers on their all-time favorite romance movies, or movies with great romances in them, and here’s what they shared:

Pretty Woman
Dirty Dancing
The Lucky One
Wicker Park
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Top Gun
Legends of the Fall
Love Actually
The Twilight Saga
The Vow
P.S. I Love You
Bull Durham
City of Angels
The Presido
Pride and Prejudice
Crazy Stupid Love
The Wedding Singer
Pearl Harbor
The Thorn Birds
Cold Mountain
Zack and Miri
Runaway Bride
Unfaithful
Remember Me
Jerry McGuire
The Fast and Furious
If Only
Breaking Dawn
Meet Joe Black
Love and Basketball
Indecent Proposal
Pirates of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Gone with the Wind

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What’s your favorite romance movie?