Testosterone Stories

There was a fascinating radio program that focused on testosterone on NPR’s This American Life back in 2002.  The stories covered include:

  • An interview with a man who lost his testosterone. He explains that life without testosterone is life without desire—desire for everything: food, conversation, even TV. And he says life without desire is unexpectedly pleasant.
  • An interview with a person who started life as a woman, but began taking massive testosterone injections seven years ago, and now lives as a man. He explains how testosterone changed his views on nature vs. nurture for good.
  • The men and women on staff at This American Life decide to get their testosterone levels tested, to see who has the most and least, and to see if personality traits actually do match up with hormone levels.
  • A novelist tells the story of a road trip she took with her fifteen-year-old son.

If you have any doubt about the degree to which hormones influence our experience of life, this program will definitely be enlightening.

Check it out on This American Life’s website.  I’d be interested to hear your comments!



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