Psychedelics And Male-Perpetrated Violence

The Third Wave:

Male-perpetrated violence is, unsurprisingly, soaked throughout culture and history. It’s not just a phenomenon confined to the bloody sands of ancient battlefields or the slave trade of America and Europe’s shameful legacies. It’s reflected in modern domestic violence statistics, showing that male-perpetrated domestic violence accounts for 91% of all domestic abuse prosecutions, and that 87% of all domestic homicides are perpetrated by men. 

There is clearly a very current, prevalent, systemic issue with male-perpetrated violence in society. The incel movement is just another way in which this problem is being highlighted. And we need to do something about it.

Since the early 2000s, studies have consistently shown that psychedelics are associated with reductions in violence. A recent survey of more than 1,200 men and women had several important findings:

  • Emotional dysregulation (the inability to understand and control emotions) is associated with increased levels of domestic violence in both men and women.
  • The men in the study who had taken psychedelics were associated with improved emotional regulation, however this finding did not exist with the women.
  • Men with a history of psychedelic use are half as likely to commit violence against a partner.

These findings are not only interesting—they could also aid in healing the world by helping men get in touch with their feelings for the first time, which may lead to a significant reduction in overall violence.