January 10, 2020
After she takes paracetamol because of a headache.
Drugs don’t really have a singular, isolated effect on the body. The fact that they may do the thing that people want them to do doesn’t mean that they don’t do plenty of other things that may go unnoticed.
Avoid taking paracetamol before heartfelt conversations with loved ones because it blocks your ability to feel empathy for them, scientists warn.
The world’s most popular painkiller, taken by millions every day, blunts physical pain by reducing the flow of chemicals that make nerve endings sensitive.
But research suggests these chemicals circulate in brain regions that also control empathy and compassion.
Dominik Mischkowski, a psychologist at Ohio University, believes paracetamol, or acetaminophen, warp people’s personalities by dulling their emotions.
He said the public should be more aware of their sinister side-effect so they can use ‘common sense’ to decide when to take them.
How many other drugs have this kind of undesired effect on people’s personalities?
How many other substances have a similar effect?
Do we really know what the chemicals used in deodorants, soap, shampoo, and personal hygiene products really do to the human body?
Mr Mischkowski told the BBC: ‘Just like we should be aware that you shouldn’t get in front of the wheel if you’re under the influence of alcohol, you don’t want to take paracetamol and then put yourself into a situation that requires you to be emotionally responsive – like having a serious conversation with a partner or co-worker.
‘When you give somebody a drug, you don’t just give it to a person – you give it to a social system.
‘And we really don’t understand the effects of these medications in the broader context.
‘There is a remarkable gap in the research actually, when it comes to the effects of medication on personality and behaviour… We don’t understand how they influence human behaviour.’
The same can be said about technology.
Smartphones, for example, are changing the way humans experience reality and how we interact with one another.
There are kids as young as 4 sexting in some parts of the world.
We don’t really know for sure what the long-term effects of all of this are.
Mr Mischkowski investigated the behavioral effect of paracetamol earlier this year in a study of 114 students from Ohio University.
He described his research earlier this year as the ‘most worrisome that he’s ever conducted’.
The researcher admits the drug is not constantly hijacking people’s personalities, because the effects only last a few hours.
But he stressed the public should be more aware of its effects on behaviour so they can use it ‘with common sense’.
Cool, so people are only turned psychopathic for a few hours at a time.
Considering paracetamol is probably the most popular analgesic worldwide, that isn’t much of a reassurance.
“It’s just an over-the-counter pain reliever.”
We’re living in an unprecedented artificial environment that is actively changing people’s behaviors, emotions, thoughts, and looks.
Things like clothing, household chemicals, packaged foods, and drugs are influencing people’s lives to degrees we have yet to accurately measure.
“It’s just an estrogen pill.”
Modernity is destroying the past, both inside and outside of people’s bodies.