August 14, 2019
When you think of a man with HIGH Testosterone, what's the first thing that comes to your mind?
Aggression? High motivation? Arrogant?
📚In a double-blind placebo-controlled study, 91 healthy men received a transdermal administration of 50 mg of Testosterone or placebo. Subsequently, subjects participated in a simple task, in which their payoff depended on the self-reported outcome of a die-roll. Subjects could increase their payoff by lying without fear of being caught.
📖Results demonstrated that Testosterone administration substantially decreases lying in men. Self serving lying occurred in both groups, however, reported payoffs were significantly lower in the testosterone group (p,0.01). These results contribute to the recent debate on the effect of testosterone on prosocial behavior and its underlying channels (Wibral, Dohmen, Klingmüller, Weber & Falk, 2012).
💡 Pride is indirectly linked to status seeking because it is an inward directed emotion that signals high status or ego. It has been speculated that testosterone helps translate such motivation into action, for example, in acts of heroic altruism.
Three hypotheses emerge from the debate.
1) Testosterone has a direct influence on prosocial preferences, i.e., testosterone administration makes people more prosocial.
2) Testosterone increases concerns for social status, which may then lead to more prosocial behavior.
3) Testosterone affects beliefs about the behavior or beliefs of other players (Wibral et al., 2012).
⭐️ Testosterone levels are on the decline in men… BIG TIME. There are many factors that play a role here, however, there are also MANY steps men can take to Protect, Restore and Optimise their precious Testosterone. I will cover some Testosterone increasing methods in future blog posts.
*References available on request*