January 30, 2005

Playing With Fire

M Simon has long been exploring what motivates people to use mind-altering drugs. Scroll down and watch the sidebar for a list of essays. It has occured to me that there is another area for research. Different people use different drugs for different reasons, and some are able to maintain a succesfull life while others are devestated. It would be interesting to see how drug choices and consequences relate to personality types. Might as well use Meyers-Briggs typing as a handy framework to get things started. Some people reject this sort of personality typing, but strong correlation here would tend to validate the theory. It would be interesting to test whether those who reject the MBTI in fact tend toward a particular profile.

In any case, it is not necessary to wait for the results of such research to make some basic recommendations. For starters, those who seek excitement in their live would do well not to experiment with high-power stimulants.

Posted by triticale at January 30, 2005 09:12 PM
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