Dave’s Diary: Bad News Ladies, You Don’t Like Bad News
Men and women ARE different. That’s not bad news. But the bad news for women is that bad news takes a bigger toll on women than men. A recent study found that most women have a much stronger response to bad news than men do. Researchers had men and women read some bad news about accidents and murders and then measured their responses and their hormone levels. The women took the news much harder. They paid more attention and remembered disturbing details for longer. Are women more sensitive? More empathetic? Is it the protective nurturing nature of women? Perhaps.
The lead author of the study explained that women are wired to be more primed for danger and more sensitive to their own survival and that of their children. They tend to take in the bad news and associate it with their own lives. Men were more likely to cut to the chase, shrug their shoulders and move on..