Thursday, April 21, 2005
DNA analyzed from saliva samples of 49 subjects. One or two shorter copies of a gene that codes for the flow of the brain chemical serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in anxiety, depression and other mood states. Continued research in the area of the origins of shyness.
Yes, research on shyness. It would seem that the research remains inconclusive as to whether nature (genetic coding) or nurture (environmental issues and socialization) is the most prominent cause of this condition. "Best guess" research tells us that it's most likely a combination of the two influences.
Now don't get me wrong. I think research in specific areas such as these are worthy and noble. But how come no one is doing research in areas that could benefit larger groups, such as:
I'm so looking forward to the day when science does uncover the specific genome responsible for impatience. Then I'll be able to say to my wife Di, "Sorry Di, that's just the way I'm wired. There's nothing I can do about it."
Of course, by then, science will have advanced far enough that Di will have me sent in to be "unwired."
Post Note: This reflection is intended to be a humorous look at our basic human nature and understanding; as well as a humorous look at myself. It is not intended to make fun of anyone who may be living with the condition of shyness. To this day, one of my favorite persons in high school was a very shy young woman named Rhonda Rusche. To you, is dedicated today's Morning Walk, Rhonda.
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