A team of researchers led by the psychologists and neuroscientists at the University of Freiburg, Germany, examined in a study how men react in stressful situations. In the study, subjects who were under stress showed significantly more positive social behavior than control subjects who were not in a stressful situation. Negative social behavior, on the other hand, was not affected by stress.
Rather than succumbing to the primitive “fight or flight” instinct, men actually become more sociable and cooperative when under stress.
“Apparently men show social approach behavior as a direct consequence of stress.”
With this study, the research team experimentally investigated male social behavior under stress for the first time. The results are published in the prestigious international journal Psychological Science.