Has asthma shaped your personality? Read More
Can't say any of that has ever been my experience. I often go places without an inhaler and seldom do I get overcome with such worrying. What I have noticed asthma does influence in my life is determining who is "worthy" of befriending or dating. Basically I shut out smokers and anyone who wears strong perfumes because they cause me to have asthma attacks. So I loathe these people as I see them as criminals who threaten my safety. It is easy to feel that way because I am so allergic to smoke that it could kill me to be around a smoker.
Being asthmatic has also caused me to miss out on many social invitations and activities because I can't for instance go to an outdoor concert or festival because of smokers. Many times when I've been at the lake I have had my happiness suddenly destroyed and ended up gasping for breath and having to leave all because some selfish creep decided to smoke near me. This is truly how asthma destroys lives by not allowing one to participate in the same activities everyone else takes for granted.
I feel your pain there. I'm ashamed to say that during my teenage years I smoked precisely because people told me it would be a bad idea because of my asthma. However, now I absolutely abhor smoke generated from smoking cigarettes. I'm not necessarily anti-smoker, though, although the careless discarding of cigarette butts does elevate my blood pressure.
This is a very interesting article, and another example of how the body can be instrumentally conditioned to behave a certain way!
Thank you for reading and your kind words :-)
My brother has asthma and he cannot go to some social activities because he is worried that his asthma could attack anytime. So most of the time he just stays at home.
I feel very bad for your brother, as I have experienced similar things. I remember having to pull out of a number of school activities while I was convalescing from an asthma attack. Does his medication help him to keep the asthma at bay?
Thank you for reading :-)
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Jack Pemment is a recent neuroscience graduate from the University of Mississippi. He explores the neurobiology of criminal behavior and personality disorders.
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