Stress Turns Men Into Sweethearts, Says Scienceby Yelena Shuster on May 30, 2012
Gender stereotype reversal alert! Apparently, men don’t become aggressive apes when on edge.
In fact, according to a new study in Psychological Science, stressed men are more likely to trust others and share resources—behavior researchers previously associated only with stressed women.
The dudes were subjected to stressful situations like public speaking and hard math tests while their cortisol (aka stress hormone) levels were monitored. Afterwards, they played a series of trusting/sharing games with actual money.
The researchers were surprised to find that the more tense men got, the nicer they became.
Ladies, you know what this means. Meet your guy right after his job interview, take him on an impromptu shopping trip to Whole Foods during rush hour, then right as his forehead veins start bulging, ask him for a key to his place. You’re welcome.
Yelena Shuster is always stressed, but not much nicer.