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Old 02-14-2007, 07:01 PM   #1
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Are men hard-wired to ignore their wives?

Interesting article on fox news tonight about "reactance"...

Study: Men Hard-Wired to Ignore Their Wives
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
By Robert Roy Britt

When a man fails to help out around the house, his poor performance might be related to a subconscious tendency to resist doing anything his wife wants, a new study suggests.

Men and women are sure to argue about this one. In fact, the man and woman who led the study disagree on the meaning of the results.

Psychologists have long known about "reactance," the tendency to do the exact opposite of what's requested by a loved one or boss.

The new study aimed to find out whether the phenomenon might occur at a subconscious level. Participants were asked to name a significant person they perceived as controlling their lives, and another who just wanted them to have fun. Then they were asked to discern words from jumbled letters on a computer screen while the names of the people they had mentioned were flashed subliminally. The names were flashed too quickly to be registered consciously.

Subjects performed better when exposed to the name of the person who wanted them to have fun than when exposed to the controlling individual's name. "Our participants were not even aware that they had been exposed to someone else's name, yet that nonconscious exposure was enough to cause them to act in defiance of what their significant other would want them to do," said Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke University.

Further testing found that study participants who were more reactant responded more strongly to the subliminal cues and had a wider performance gap. "People with a tendency toward reactance may nonconsciously and quite unintentionally act in a counterproductive manner simply because they are trying to resist someone else's encroachment on their freedom," said Tanya Chartrand, also a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke.

Chartrand's own experiences were the impetus for this study. "My husband, while very charming in many ways, has an annoying tendency of doing exactly the opposite of what I would like him to do in many situations," Chartrand said. Oh, her husband? That would be Fitzsimons.

Chartrand said her husband "should now be better equipped to suppress his reactant tendencies." But Fitzsimons said the results "suggest that reactance to significant others is so automatic that I can't possibly be expected to control it if I don't even know it's happening."

The findings related to this marital spat, announced this week, were published online by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:10 PM   #2
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If we're talking about husbands and wives here, it sounds like an issue of whether you think of your spouse as someone who is trying to control your life or not. That speaks to the nature of the relationship. I guess Deb and I are lucky that we're more interested in each other having fun! I think the mutual aluminitis is an obvious symptom that so many couples on the Forums display.
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:16 PM   #3
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Reactive? No, .............

THE LONELY BRAIN CELL


Once upon a time there was a female brain cell which, by mistake, happened to end up in a man's head. looked around nervously because it was all empty and quiet. "Hello?" she cried, but no answer. "Is there anyone here?" she cried a little louder, but still no answer. Now the female brain cell started to feel alone and scared and yelled at the top of her voice, "HELLO, IS THERE ANYONE HERE?" Then she heard a faint voice from far, far away..............

We're down here ..."
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:19 PM   #4
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REPRESS REACTANCE!!!!

What does he mean ,"If Mama aint happy than no one is?"
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:21 PM   #5
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Lol

I think Str8strm hit it on the head as far as I'm concerned.

But Melody made me laugh!
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I like Melody Ranch's version. Isn't that sort of like Jeff Foxworthy's idea of what men want "A beer and to see something naked".
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As the commercial goes, "Do you think this dress makes me look fat?"..............."You betcha!"

I think all men are guilty of this behavior on occasion; I know I am. I don't mean to be that way, it's just kinda bred into the male mind set.

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Are women hard-wired to ignore their husbands?
My sympathies to Dr. Fitzsimons.
Happy Valentines Day ...
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Now to have my man card revoked....

Men are "brain damaged" from birth. The thing that makes us "men" is the "discinnect" between the halves of the brain that women have in full measure. Men still have this connection but it is like comparing a 8 lane supper highway to a sidewalk.

Men just need a direct order to go on. The subtle way women communicate is lost on most men. This is what I bieleve leads to this "ignoring" wives.

Most of the proceeding data is generalisation. There are covering the human race as a whole. Not all men are like this and not all women are alike.

Thank you, now back to your regular programing.
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The television was full of controversial information this week. One news release suggested that researchers have concluded that males who have undergone vasectomies tend to have senility problems earlier than men who don't. It had something to do with the body having to absorb all those sperm cells. Well, upon hearing this information, my wife who is now old enough not to worry about the consequences, suggested that perhaps I should undergo a reversal procedure. My immediate response was that I'd rather become senile than go through that again. Was that an example of "reactance“?
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The television was full of controversial information this week. One news release suggested that researchers have concluded that males who have undergone vasectomies tend to have senility problems earlier than men who don't. It had something to do with the body having to absorb all those sperm cells. Well, upon hearing this information, my wife who is now old enough not to worry about the consequences, suggested that perhaps I should undergo a reversal procedure. My immediate response was that I'd rather become senile than go through that again. Was that an example of "reactance“?
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