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    The latest book I'm reading: "The Secret History of the American Empire"

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    You'll probably like this, it's by John Perkins.

    it does seem like something I would enjoy
    thanks for the recommendation!

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    The latest book I'm reading: "The Secret History of the American Empire"

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    You'll probably like this, it's by John Perkins.
    I have gone through a book with a similar tittle.

    Thing is its pretty hilarious, how the history is repeating itself I mean.

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    Nice post.

    Had no clue about that amygdala thing.I thought it only governed our fears and reactions to intense experiences. It's a tiny part of the brain but it has a big influence on how we behave.

    As I understand it, the threat response and desire for risk has a lot to do with testosterone. It's the most important hormone men have. It makes us more aggressive (in a good way, more driven, bold and determined), helps lose fat, build muscle, ages us better, makes you happier and more confident, betters athletic and sexual performance and a long, long list of other benefits. I think it's necessary for all men to do what they can to raise their testosterone naturally. It'll solve a lot of their smaller problems.

    Unfortunately, modern life has caused a severe drop in testosterone levels for men. This pattern won't change anytime soon unless people take it into their own hands.
    I thought testosterone speeds up the aging process. Women live longer than men.
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    I thought testosterone speeds up the aging process. Women live longer than men.
    I think he's talking about looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel Richie View Post
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    I thought testosterone speeds up the aging process. Women live longer than men.
    no, it helps slow it down. since it removes fat and encourages muscle growth, it allows you to exercise, have sex, retain virility, be energetic & have drive etc. all things that help you live longer. it's v. important to keep estrogen levels down as well though. that's something that gets ignored by guys too much.

    There are other facts that lead to men dying earlier, i.e. stress, physical health/ailments and such. If a guy looks after himself very well, he'll have no problem living to incredible ages bar any unforseen circumstances. Especially if he keeps his testosterone levels high. It's because testosterone declines as we age that we have a strong decrease in sexual performance even in our late twenties or thirties. And, by 50, 60, 70 and beyond - many dudes look old, tired and can’t perform AT ALL in the bedroom. You'll look a shadow of your former self unless you took steps to eat the right foods, the right excercies and activities that increase your testosterone.
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    I have gone through a book with a similar tittle.

    Thing is its pretty hilarious, how the history is repeating itself I mean.
    Well, history tends to repeat itself so it isn't surprising.

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    I thought testosterone speeds up the aging process. Women live longer than men.

    Nah, the opposite is true. At least for men.

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    From the most recent book in reading, "Girl's Adrift." It's similar to the best ok about boys I read before, but it highlights societal issues with females.

    This brittleness in girls’ self-concept—and the resultant vulnerability to anxiety and depression—is becoming more common. In one study published in 2004, investigators examined the utilization of mental health services by children and teenagers, both girls and boys, in 1999 compared with 1989. They found a more-than-400-percent increase in the use of these services by girls, compared with a 70 percent increase in the use of mental health services by boys over the same time period. 2 More recent research suggests that this growth in the use of psychiatric services continues—with girls’ use growing at a faster rate than boys’. Between 1996 and 2005, the proportion of girls and women in the United States taking anti-depressant medications roughly doubled, from 7.5 percent to 13.4 percent; more than one in eight females in the United States now takes antidepressant medication.
    Boys and girls are both having problems, but they’re having different problems. Many of the boys who are being sent to the psychologist or psychiatrist are being referred for problems such as ADHD and oppositional-defiant disorder. The girls are more likely than the boys to be dealing with problems such as anxiety and depression. In other words: boys often act out their problems. Girls are more likely to turn inward, on themselves. As one research team observed, “The increase in depression and anxiety among girls is especially thought-provoking, as prior studies have shown that adolescent girls have generally reported and exhibited more symptoms of depression and anxiety than adolescent boys, and this gap seems to be increasing.” These researchers also found that the intensity of the problem, as measured by the frequency of visits to a psychiatrist or psychologist, also seems to be increasing faster for girls than for boys.
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    @Nikamara; @Tifa;

    IDK if either of you would find this interesting.


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    Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran offers a reverse perspective on this question. Women in Tehran today are required to veil their hair when in public. In one passage, Professor Nafisi asks one of her students, a young woman, how she feels about being compelled to wear the veil. Because Nafisi herself recalls the freedom that Iranian women enjoyed before the revolution in 1979, she herself feels frustrated and exasperated every time she must put on the veil. But her student, born after the revolution, is puzzled by the question. “She had always worn the veil.... She said she could not imagine [herself] without a veil. What would she look like? Would it affect the way she walked or how she moved her hands? How would others look at her?” It struck me that Professor Nafisi’s student, although she has no choice in the matter, is analogous to today’s American girl, who does have a choice. Both girls have been raised in cultures that expect young women to dress in the way dictated by the prevailing culture. But the American girls may not be expressing themselves any more than Nafisi’s student is expressing herself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimp of Pimps View Post
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    @Nikamara; @Tifa;

    IDK if either of you would find this interesting.

    Those are very alarming statistics. Does the book share some of the causes/factors for this?

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    Those are very alarming statistics. Does the book share some of the causes/factors for this?
    Well I'm still reading but so far one reason the author proposes is the changes in attitude towards sex over the decades. He notes two major changes have taken place. One is embracing of sexuality which he highlights as being a positive change and two, the increasing sexualization of girls (even younger girls) which he highlights as being bad. The former being admitting to and embracing sexuality within a the context committed (or at least sincere) relationship and the latter being the the idea of making everything as sexual as possible.

    He also talks about body image and other 'expectations' society has for girls and how depression and anxiety might surface when these unrealistic expectations are not met. Whereas for guys, as I highlighted earlier in this thread, not meeting expectations just results in extreme lethargy and becoming disconnected from the world, it seems to be the case that girls are more likely to overstress themselves as a reaction. I noticed this dichotomy between my sister and myself when it comes to schoolwork.

    Also, he hasn't mentioned this yet but I would not be surprised if porn plays a role here. Boy watches porn (might even get addicted to it) > expects certain things from women (might even start seeing them more as objects) > girl feels the need to meet those expectations and goes through with them through she doesn't feel good about it > Possible problems arise in her self-image etc which could worsen overtime.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, the book did also mention the lack of social connections in the modern age as a possible reason. According to him, females thrive much more on having a strong social network than men do and a weak network, which not good for men or women, might wreck more havoc on girls than boys. He notes how a few decades ago knocking on your neighbors door to borrow some sugar wouldn't be odd but it's almost unheard of now. At least in the US.
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    Thats some interesting information and I agree with Nika, those rates are

    My only concern is, is the number skyrocketing, or is mental health more addressed than what it was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimp of Pimps View Post
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    Well I'm still reading but so far one reason the author proposes is the changes in attitude towards sex over the decades. He notes two major changes have taken place. One is embracing of sexuality which he highlights as being a positive change and two, the increasing sexualization of girls (even younger girls) which he highlights as being bad. The former being admitting to and embracing sexuality within a the context committed (or at least sincere) relationship and the latter being the the idea of making everything as sexual as possible.

    He also talks about body image and other 'expectations' society has for girls and how depression and anxiety might surface when these unrealistic expectations are not met. Whereas for guys, as I highlighted earlier in this thread, not meeting expectations just results in extreme lethargy and becoming disconnected from the world, it seems to be the case that girls are more likely to overstress themselves as a reaction. I noticed this dichotomy between my sister and myself when it comes to schoolwork.

    Also, he hasn't mentioned this yet but I would not be surprised if porn plays a role here. Boy watches porn (might even get addicted to it) > expects certain things from women (might even start seeing them more as objects) > girl feels the need to meet those expectations and goes through with them through she doesn't feel good about it > Possible problems arise in her self-image etc which could worsen overtime.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, the book did also mention the lack of social connections in the modern age as a possible reason. According to him, females thrive much more on having a strong social network than men do and a weak network, which not good for men or women, might wreck more havoc on girls than boys. He notes how a few decades ago knocking on your neighbors door to borrow some sugar wouldn't be odd but it's almost unheard of now. At least in the US.
    Does it touch on television or social media?

    According to one study, television lowers self esteem of children except for white boys.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/01/sh...eem/index.html
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2...or-white-boys/

    TV ties a lot of a girl's worth to her beauty, status, and connections.

    I'm sure the internet isn't helping either now that people have an anonymous platform from which they can be nasty to people. Idk if they negative comments about girls are worse than those for boys, but perhaps girls take them more seriously and suffer from them more? I really don't know. Would be really good if it touched on that.

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    Thats some interesting information and I agree with Nika, those rates are

    My only concern is, is the number skyrocketing, or is mental health more addressed than what it was?
    Another thing to consider is that boys may just not be getting diagnosed for depression since the symptoms can be COMPLETELY different in men and women. Women display the traditional symptoms like apathy whereas men display symptoms like self destructive behaviour and anger.

    Additionally, history has shown that doctors have always been quick to diagnose women as mentally ill (even if they weren't), while the same isn't true for men.

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    Now he's saying that alcohol abuse might affect girls differently, and potentially more severely, than it does boys.

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    Thats some interesting information and I agree with Nika, those rates are

    My only concern is, is the number skyrocketing, or is mental health more addressed than what it was?
    It's probably a combination of the two, but I do (unfortunately) think a lot of it the actual number skyrocketing. Society has changed a lot in just the past few decades.

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    Does it touch on television or social media?

    According to one study, television lowers self esteem of children except for white boys.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/01/sh...eem/index.html
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2...or-white-boys/

    TV ties a lot of a girl's worth to her beauty, status, and connections.

    I'm sure the internet isn't helping either now that people have an anonymous platform from which they can be nasty to people. Idk if they negative comments about girls are worse than those for boys, but perhaps girls take them more seriously and suffer from them more? I really don't know. Would be really good if it touched on that.
    I don't doubt this at all. Makes perfect sense.
    Another thing to consider is that boys may just not be getting diagnosed for depression since the symptoms can be COMPLETELY different in men and women. Women display the traditional symptoms like apathy whereas men display symptoms like self destructive behaviour and anger.

    Additionally, history has shown that doctors have always been quick to diagnose women as mentally ill (even if they weren't), while the same isn't true for men.
    He touched upon that earlier in the book. He notes men are often diagnosed with these conditions, but not depression. So he understands that men have been reacting negatively to societal changes, but doesn't label that as depression or anxiety.

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    So I’m reading a book about the human microbiota and came across some interesting information. The book details and experiment in Sweden where a few rats were born and raised in such a way where they didn’t harbor any bacteria. As a result, they were skinnier than normal rats. Once they were given some microbes they immediately started putting on weight even though they weren’t eating more. The theory goes that some gut bacteria help digest food and, in turn, the organism usable to make use of more nutrients from the same number of calories.



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