Testosterone: Does Not Cause Violence

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Testosterone is blamed in a negative way such as the cause of aggression, violence, and even financial crisis. A recent study from this source shows that testosterone, a hormone existing in both and women, leads to aggression in men, more research is debunking this concept.

Here are some facts questioning the negative links in testosterone as the cause of violence.

Ambiguity in the Science

Charles Ryan, who has a clinic in San Francisco, is one among many researchers who questions the established wisdom on testosterone. He pointed out that testosterone is leeway for a patriarchal society. Thus, we categorize women who have lower testosterone levels as more empathetic, nurturing, and trained in the domestic sphere.

In his research, he found out that there is little evidence that would link between testosterone and sexual violence. “There’s so much ambiguity in the science,” he affirmed, considering several studies are conducted with a smaller number of participants.

Culture influences one’s behavior

A psychologist named Cordelia Fine said that it is the culture and the hormones that greatly influences one’s aggressive behavior. In her award-winning book in 2017, Testorene Rex, she opined that women have decreased levels of testosterone but they are also prone to risks, especially on matters of a financial crisis.

To prove her theory, she narrated stories on women and their need for sexual partners for wanting a higher status in life. She also pointed out that more babies are born if women will allow themselves to sleep around with men.

It is the myth on testosterone that induces aggressiveness

Author Michael Naef and other co-authors conducted a study where they made 120 women play an economist game called “ultimate bargaining game.” Before the game, the authors gave these women a placebo or a testosterone supplement to boost libido.

The authors assumed that those who were given a dose of testosterone will be more aggressive and riskier behaviors in the game. However, it turned the other way around.

The authors found out that those who believe that they have given testosterone were the one’s greedier and made higher offers in the game.

This suggests that the placebo effect on these women creates anti-social behavior. Naef concluded in the book that the belief surrounding testosterone induces aggressive behavior.

Testosterone is more of a result than the cause of violence

According to a new study titled Nature, aggressive behavior associated with testosterone is a mere belief. The study theorized that this hormone may, in reality, lead to altruist and fair behavior. The hormone is the result of what the authors called “status-seeking behavior.”

Under this behavior, the status seeker tends to be aggressive to establish social dominance. Take the example of those who are in jail. Prisoners have elevated their testosterone levels because, for them, fighting is the only way to attain dominance.


The weak links surrounding testosterone and violence is a positive theory. It means that there is still hope in our society and that men are not violent. Indeed, there are very few studies that establish that testosterone causes violence. In fact, more evidence suggests that the hormone is the result of violence rather than the cause.

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