(PCM) This is definitely one of the more bizarre reports that we have studied. Researchers for the Journal Of Evolutionary Psychology have released the findings of a new study revealing that a certain type of parasite found in cat’s brains that is then transferred to humans by way of feline feces has the ability to make people feel “aroused by their own fear, danger, and sexual submission.”
The parasite is known as toxoplasma gondii and is linked to the disease toxoplasmosis. Those that suffer from toxoplasmosis are said to be sexually aroused by fear, danger and submission. The researchers have found that certain individuals who have been diagnosed with toxoplasmosis have shown a high interest level in elements of both bondage and violence. The study conducted by the researchers for the Journal Of Evolutionary Psychology consisted of collecting data from over 36,000 people in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Over 700 of which were infected with the parasite. The results suggested that those who were infected with Toxoplasma gondii “expressed higher attraction to bondage, violence, zoophilia, fetishism, and, in men, also to masochism, and raping and being raped.” The disease can also cause extreme rage and a variety of other mental illnesses.
A terrifying statistic number shows that approximately 1/3 of the population is infected with the parasite, most likely transmitted through contact with feline feces. However, it should be noted that not all people infected with the parasite will come down with full blown toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, however many people go untested for the disease because it shows no symptoms and it does not always lead to individuals expressing interest in extreme sexual fetishes.
Just something to keep in mind the next time you are cleaning out kitty’s pan!