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    Unhappy common parasite that can alter your mind, personality and psychomotor performance

    http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordj.../33/3/757.full

    this is the bastard:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii

    and this is the disease that it gives:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis


    so in short its that men turn to more of this(score significantly more of this sort of behavior in Cattell's 16-personality factor (16PF) tests) Expedient, nonconforming, disregards rules, self indulgent, Vigilant, suspicious, skeptical, distrustful, oppositional. funny thing is that women turn into almost opposite; Warm, outgoing, attentive to others, kindly, easy-going, participating, likes people, Rule-conscious, dutiful, conscientious, conforming, moralistic, staid, rule bound.
    both men and women score higher on these: Apprehensive, self doubting, worried, guilt prone, insecure, worrying, self blaming.

    also it has and effect on Cloninger's Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) on novelty seeking trait, by lowering it. novelty seeking trait is associated with low dopaminergic activity(dopamine stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopaminergic) and high novelty seeking means this sort of traits: Exploratory excitability, Impulsiveness, Extravagance, Disorderliness. but because those traits come from low dopamine, and this parasite turns up the dopamine, you will lack from those traits.

    oh and once you get it, it never goes away and it seems that its effects on these changes in personality get bigger over time.

    but not only this, it also effects your psychomotor performance. people with this infection are 2.5 times more prone to car accidents than people without it.

    oh and not only that, it can also cause depression, anxiety, schizophrenia(people with schizophrenia have much higher infection rates than people with no schizophrenia), psychotic symptoms not unlike schizophrenia and last but not least a shorter attention span.

    Toxoplasma infection causes damage to astrocytes( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrocyte ) in the brain, and such damage is also seen in schizophrenia.

    acute infection can cause flu like symptoms, but they arent usually dangerous, but can be lethal to unborn babies and people with AIDS or other diseases lowering their immune system.

    oh and this is the worlds most common parasite, if i remember right from one program, about 60% of people are infected . luckily you cant get it from other people
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    Some of the personality changes actually sound positive depending on how you look at it. Would they ever use Toxoplasma as a form of therapy?
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    well but if you look at it from perspective of the whole thing, you can see that its definitely not positive, as it fucks up your dopamine system..

    "both men and women score higher on these: Apprehensive, self doubting, worried, guilt prone, insecure, worrying, self blaming."

    also since its like small changes that might happen over time to some people, it doesent really work as a therapy, also since it has so many bad side effects, it would be highly unethical to try to "heal" anyone with it. psychologists have their codes of ethnicity you know..
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    If you're a female and aren't very warm or conscientious to begin with it could be a good thing.

    If you're a male and overly conforming to start with it could be a good thing.

    If you have a very low dopamine level and as a result you're overly impulsive and excitable, the Toxoplasmosis, could calm down these traits somewhat.


    I agree that you may be trading some not so good traits for some other not so good traits. It depends on the person and the severity of the traits they started with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    If you're a female and aren't very warm or conscientious to begin with it could be a good thing.

    If you're a male and overly conforming to start with it could be a good thing.

    If you have a very low dopamine level and as a result you're overly impulsive and excitable, the Toxoplasmosis, could calm down these traits somewhat.


    I agree that you may be trading some not so good traits for some other not so good traits. It depends on the person and the severity of the traits they started with.
    its against ethical rules in medical field to do something like that(treat people or even do experimental research on people(and statistics wont give you what you would need as outcome from the study)) as it can cause schizophrenia, depression etc.

    also i think this part: "both men and women score higher on these: Apprehensive, self doubting, worried, guilt prone, insecure, worrying, self blaming." might be the source of other traits, but men and females just have different ways on coping to guilt, insecurity, self blaming, worrying etc. human psychology doesent work like math, that you could remove something by inducing its negative side to it, like in math 3 + -3 = 0. that sort of stuff needs to be treated so that your brains can modify themselves back to normal state(see neuroplasticity).
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