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    Dear community, A new ayahuasca study has started; Personality Characteristics of Frequent ayahuasca Drinkers in North America I am doing this study from The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 14, 2006
      Dear community,

      A new ayahuasca study has started;

      "Personality Characteristics of Frequent ayahuasca Drinkers in North
      America"

      I am doing this study from The California Institute for Integral
      Studies (CIIS) Psy.D. program. The study needs 50 people who live in
      North American and are or have been frequent ayahuasca drinkers to
      take two psychological questionnaires by mail. Personal security is
      guaranteed by the procedures outlined below. The names of the
      participants will never even be asked by the study. Filling out the
      study will take about three and a half hours.

      The study fills holes in the previous study done in South America
      with the UDV, and advances what is known about the effect of the tea
      on personality by using the most solid and widely used personality
      test. More on the study can be found below.

      So, the question to this beloved community is, would you like to
      participate, to contribute to what is known about ayahuasca? The
      study is looking for people who have taken the tea more than ten
      times. No personal information will be asked for, and the results
      may be added to the current legal arguments about harm.


      About the study:
      When the personality characteristics of members of the UDV in South
      America were studied using the Tridimensional Personality
      Questionnaire (TPQ), the results were tentative due to the small
      number of participants N=15, which left the study not statistically
      powerful enough to determine the results with certainty. I am going
      to administer the TPQ to a larger sample, N=30, so that there is no
      statistical question about the results. The TPQ will be administered
      to North American frequent ayahuasca drinkers, the results will be
      compared to the previous data obtained in the UDV study. This will
      determine if the two groups have different TPQ scores, if the two
      groups have similar personality traits as measured by the TPQ. If
      this is true there is a strong suggestion that a common factor such
      as ayahuasca use is acting on both. This will be done using analysis
      of variance (ANOVA), a more powerful tool than used previously.

      North American subjects will also be administered the Minnesota
      Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). This is the gold
      standard of personality tests, and is used for forensic evaluations,
      criminal evaluations, custody hearings, job hiring, personality
      evaluation, everyday in courts in every state of the nation. Using
      an ANOVA analysis it will be possible to answer two basic questions;

      Do frequent drinkers of ayahuasca in North America have the same
      personality profiles as frequent users of other psychedelics as
      determined by previous MMPI studies?

      Do frequent drinkers of ayahuasca in North America have the same
      personality profiles as the general population?

      The legal arguments over ayahuasca and religious freedom are partly
      centered on if ayahuasca is physically or psychologically harmful to
      the drinker. As of yet there is no evidence that it is in fact
      physically harmful if properly used, but the psychological effects
      on drinkers have been left to be argued without statistically solid
      evidence. This study will be the strongest evidence to date about
      frequent drinkers. I believe that the final results will show that
      the subjects either have no significant differences with the
      population in general, or that ayahuasca drinkers have personality
      traits like those of other psychedelic users. If the latter is true,
      the finding is still in the favor of ayahuasca producing no
      significant harm. Previous MMPI studies of psychedelic users have
      shown that although their profiles do differ from the general
      population, the studies do not indicate that the differences are
      great enough to cause clinical concern. Either way, the test would
      show that personality traits are not altered sufficiently by frequent
      ayahuasca use to be of concern.
      Ideally the study should be done completely with members of the UDV,
      both so that the data from the previous TPQ can be used, and because
      the UDV is currently at the center of legal battle over ayahuasca and
      religious freedom. If you are a member of the UDV, or can get them
      to respond, please contact them.

      The personal security of the participants in the study will be
      provided for in the following way; When someone agrees to
      participate a test packet is addressed to them, and their personal
      information is destroyed before the packet is mailed, so there is no
      record of it being sent to them. Before the subject can answer any
      questions, there is no record of who the tests were sent to. The test
      materials have a serial number on them, but no personal information
      is asked for on any of the materials. A SASE is included for the
      return of the test materials that has no return address on it, so
      when the tests are returned, there is no way to trace where it was
      sent from. Any postmarks are destroyed along with the return
      envelope. Even so, the serial number of the test can be sent
      anonymously, and the data will be removed from the study if the
      subject so desires.

      The results of this study will not be able to show ayahuasca has
      beneficial psychological effects, that would require a before and
      after condition study, which is obviously impossible at this time.
      It can however present evidence that people who drink the tea
      frequently are not presenting as having suffered personality
      disorders from its use.

      If you are willing participate, or to help finding participants for
      the study, your efforts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for
      your time. Blessed be.

      Kirby Surprise
      3735 Carol Street
      Pinole, CA. 94564
      kirbysurprise@...
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