Study finds stressed men more social, refutes common belief that stress always causes aggressive behavior

A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists Prof. Markus Heinrichs and Dr. Bernadette von Dawans at the University of Freiburg, Germany, examined in a study how men react in stressful situations - and have refuted a nearly 100-year-old doctrine with their results. According to this doctrine, humans and most animal species show the "fight-or-flight" response to stress. Only since the late 1990s have some scientists begun to argue that women show an alternate "tend-and-befriend" response to stress - in other words, a protective ("tend") and friendship-offering ("befriend") reaction. Men, in contrast, were still assumed to become aggressive under stress. Von Dawans refuted this assumption, saying: "Apparently men also show social approach behavior as a direct consequence of stress."

Study finds stressed men more social, refutes common belief that stress always causes aggressive behavior

A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists Prof. Markus Heinrichs and Dr. Bernadette von Dawans at the University of Freiburg, Germany, examined in a study how men react ...

Mon 21 May 12 from Medical Xpress

Band of brothers: The science behind why men become MORE sociable under stress

When under stress - or under fire - men tend to become more sociable and band together, rather than succumbing to a primitive 'fight or flight' instinct, say Freiburg researchers.

Tue 22 May 12 from Daily Mail

Stress Turns Men Into Social Butterflies

Instead of making them aggressive, stress seems to make men more social.

Mon 21 May 12 from Livescience

Stressed men are more social

Researchers have refuted the common belief that stress always causes aggressive behavior.

Mon 21 May 12 from ScienceDaily

Stressed Men Are More Social, Mon 21 May 12 from AlphaGalileo

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