New study: Successful women create self-conscious men

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:46am

Here's a question for all you couples out there, how would you feel if your partner got a promotion, won an award, or reached some high goal and you did not? Well, according to a new study from the American Psychological Association, it seems that men might feel worse about it than women.

They studied nearly 900 people in five experiments here in the U.S. and the Netherlands. Apparently a man might feel threatened if his girlfriend or wife outperforms him, if they're competing directly against each other.

However, this study found that men automatically felt worse about themselves when they thought their female partner was doing better.

In other words, the men in the study saw their partner's success, as their own failure and suffered bruised egos.

The study says women did not feel worse about themselves if their male partners succeeded or better about themselves if their men lagged behind them.


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