Re: Supplements and personality features

Harvey Newstrom (
Sat, 10 Jan 1998 15:59:41 -0500

At 11:52am -0500 1/10/98, Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko wrote:
> There are many substances that are known to affect
>one's energy level, mental acuity, mood, empathy, etc.
>What about slightly more complex personality
>features, such as curiosity, sociability, assertiveness,
>willpower? Are there any supplements that can safely
>and selectively affect these features?
>Alexander Chislenko <>

You mean besides this list?

The former attributes (energy level, mental acuity, mood, empathy, etc.)
are normal functions of the physical brain. Generally increasing health of
the brain allows one to more efficiently perform these functions. The
latter attributes (curiosity, sociability, assertiveness, willpower) are
not pre-existing functions. They are learned behavior and conscious
choices. Although a physically healthy brain will help you pursue these
behaviors, I think they have to be learned and enhanced through experience,
decision-making, and belief systems. You grow to choose your behaviors,
and if you experience positive results while pursuing these you gain more
confidence that they will be rewarding in the future. I do not think these
latter choices can be enhanced in the brain, short of artificially
implanting memories and beliefs that reinforce this behavior.

Harvey Newstrom <mailto:>
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