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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Mary Godwin Dabbs. Testosterone has been the misunderstood human hormone since the early s, blamed for everything to rape to low intelligence to road rage.
But the authors argue that the picture is more complex: testosterone is related to things as diverse as criminal violence and the way people smile; it affects our language ability and the way we navigate in the space around us; it hel Testosterone has been the misunderstood human hormone since the early s, blamed for everything to rape to low intelligence to road rage.
But the authors argue that the picture is more complex: testosterone is related to things as diverse as criminal violence and the way people smile; it affects our language ability and the way we navigate in the space around us; it helps predict what occupation we will enter and whether or not we will marry, have extra-marital affairs, and divorce.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. There is little doubt that it is related to such things as delinquency and marital instability. Other findings are more tentative, such as those dealing with thought, occupations, sex differences, and the nature of heroism and altruism. The strange thing is, despite the authors being perfectly aware that 'There is agreement that testosterone increases muscle strength and sexual activity.
The strange thing is, despite the authors being perfectly aware that behaviour is not only a matter of biology but also depends on social and cultural factors, they tend to over-focus on the biological side of the balance. This makes for an unsettling and quite weird read, as each chapter follow the same weak and tiring pattern: first, they describe their expected role of testosterone for a given behaviour dominance, sex, altruism I didn't find that very serious, and even when some arguments were seductive enough to be acknowledged, I couldn't but stop and think: is it really it, or yet another just-so story?
In fact, it seemed to me that James and Mary Dabbs had their own preconceived ideas about the role of testosterone in both men and women and so set on to list everything they could to reinforce but not challenge their bias.
Indeed, on the one hand they describe people with high testosterone levels as 'confident, tough, competitive, bold, energetic, attractive to the opposite sex, and Well: 'We checked this out by finding volunteers who seemed to be "nice guys" and collecting saliva samples from them. How serious is that!? Now, I acknowledge that they themselves recognise their book to be centred around a model which, as every model, is 'good not because it contains everything, but because it provides a useful and simplified view'.
Sadly, their model and view here are just so simplified they flirt with the caricatural. Apr 11, Sergei Moska rated it liked it. I first read this book years ago and loved it then. I recently re-read it, and my take on it has soured somewhat. The thesis of the book - that testosterone levels influence behavior on animals, including human animals of both sexes - is one for which I feel much sympathy. The book is very easy to read and is interesting, clear, and enthusiastically written.
The central problem with the book stems from the poor or poorly explained research design of the studies that it invokes. Most of the concl I first read this book years ago and loved it then.
Most of the conclusions of the book stem from observations in which there is no actual treatment. In other words: "Let's look at a bunch of people in different professions. People in X profession have higher testosterone levels than those in Y profession!
What's more, even these types of observations are suspect. To take one example: the authors briefly - too briefly - note that cortisol is antagonistic to testosterone. In other words: when you're stressed out, you won't have high serum testosterone levels.
Yet there seems to be no attempt to control for this in the book. So when they say that out of the groups studied, farmers have the lowest levels, it's tough to know what to make of it. Maybe they were tested when they were in the midst of a strenuous period of labor.
Who knows. So not only are the cross-comparisons between groups scientifically suspect, but the measures of a given group are suspect as well. What's more, the sample sizes in many cases are far too small to generalize as the author does. To his detriment, the author, rather than acknowledge these flaws, tries to invoke "just-so" stories to explain his findings.
Farmers have lower testosterone levels? Must be because they're so patient. Ministers also have high levels? But actors have high levels, even though both they and ministers perform in front of a stage?
You get the idea. At certain points the author gets far too breathless and fails to take a skeptical look at his inferences. Yet this is still a fun book to read, and some of the evidence is indeed compelling. The causal mechanism is most plausible when the author describes the effects of administering testosterone or castration on animals.
This book's logic is oftentimes dubious even if it turns out that it hits on the correct conclusion , but the author does not make a fool of himself. It's just a shame that the rigor did not match the enthusiasm. This is a semi-scientific, semi-correlation write-up about the hormone known as testosterone.
Written more than fifteen years ago, the information contained within is a little bit out of date. View 2 comments. Jul 19, Dennis Littrell rated it really liked it.
Readable report on the latest research Males commit violent acts at a rate much greater than women. The vast majority of people in prison are males. One of the reasons is they have more testosterone pumping through their veins than women. Testosterone makes people take chances. It makes them more interested in sex and more aggressive.
It makes them into "heroes, rogues and lovers," to quote the title of this interesting book. Testosterone tends to affect low socioeconomic status males more than h Readable report on the latest research Males commit violent acts at a rate much greater than women. Testosterone tends to affect low socioeconomic status males more than high status males, and the effects of testosterone can be mitigated by learning.
Women also produce testosterone, but at lower levels than men; however, what they do produce affects them more. Women are attracted to high testosterone males, but do not necessarily marry them. Women select males and thereby create the males that exist. We inherit our testosterone levels, and testosterone comes before rambunctiousness, not the other way around. This last from pages This book is a report on that research presented with examples, allusions and references to literature and the popular culture, leading to an easy read.
Dabbs, along with his collaborator, his wife, Mary, "a former publicist with several feminist organizations," allows us to see the world through testosterone-shaded glasses, but without prejudice. Their report is balanced and fair.
They give us the downside of testosterone and the upside, as implied in their title. The fact that theirs is the first popular full-length book that I know of devoted exclusively to the phenomenon of testosterone is the result of fairly recent technology that allows the measurement of testosterone levels from saliva samples. Previously, blood had to be used. Since most people are more willing to spit than to allow blood to be taken from their bodies, this technique opened up new possibilities for research, and Dabbs, who apparently has a fair amount of testosterone still pumping through his veins, got there first.
There are charts and graphs showing testosterone levels by occupation.
Heroes, Rogues, and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior
Heroes, Rogues and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior