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So... A while back D sent me this link: http://ping.fm/7mQrR

And asked me if I'd had my testosterone level checked. My story is not wholly unlike his. Tho I'd been attributing it to emotionally related stuff. The need to jettison old patterns, the rebuilding of myself after jettisoning them, that sort of thing.

However very recently I started supplementing my testosterone. Oh. My. God. All the emotional fragility *poof*! Gone. All the need to try and push myself hard in order to get anything done... *poof*! Gone! It's like a whole new me!

Since starting this I've had a couple of things happen that would have been very triggering, and... Nothing. Centeredness. I was kinda worried about angry, aggressive behavior... Nope. Things that *would* have made me angry before aren't bugging me. I feel much more patient. Less overwhelmed.

I do feel a little more assertive... But it hasn't been aggressive.

I am liking this A LOT!
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http://www.cs.umass.edu/news/latest-news/letter-chair

"According to this theory, the degree of expected uncertainty is signaled by the amount of one neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) that causes us to pay less attention to our models—our preconceptions—and more to what we are actually experiencing. The neurotransmitter that signals unexpected uncertainty (norepinephrine), on the other hand, has the additional effect of causing us to shift attention in order to search for new cues that might be predictive in the new context, thus helping us to form new models rather than just tune the old ones. Increased levels of norepinephrine are also associated with increased anxiety."

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