Women Vs. Men: The Science Behind How We Fight
Ever wonder why your husband doesn't seem to care as much as you whenever you get into an argument? Women can be quick to judge a man by his reaction during a fight, labeling him as emotionless, stoic, and uncaring. But the truth is, his lack of an emotional response to stressful situations like fights may have more to do with his brain chemistry than his personality.
According to ScienceDaily.com, a recent study by University of Southern California researchers revealed that men looking at pictures of angry faces had diminished activity in regions of the brain responsible for understanding others' feelings, while women experienced increased brain activity in those same regions.
This suggests that during arguments, men have a more difficult time processing facial expressions, preventing them from giving what women consider the "right" responses.
As ScienceDaily.com reports, "These are the first findings to indicate that sex differences in the effects of stress on social behavior extend to one of the most basic social transactions -- processing someone else's facial expression," said Mara Mather, director of the Emotion and Cognition Lab at USC.
"Under stress, Mather told ScienceDaily.com, men tend to withdraw socially while women seek emotional support."
Now that you know what goes on in men's brains under stress, perhaps the next time you and your husband get into a fight, keep in mind that how he deals with the stress of the argument may have something to do with the chemicals in his brain. If seems like he doesn't care, it might just be because his brain works a little differently.