New Italian research suggests a Venus and Mars dichotomy in how stress impacts a person’s emotional state.
Researchers determined stressed males tend to become more self-centered and less able to distinguish their own emotions and intentions from those of other people. For women, the opposite is true as they become more “prosocial.”
The collaborative study was led by Dr. Giorgia Silani, from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and included contributions from the University of Vienna and the University of Freiburg.
The study is published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.