Guys tend to think they’re a comforting presence to their significant other, especially in times when they are in pain or distress. However, a new study reported by Medical XPress is confirming that we might actually be making things much worse for our wives and girlfriends. Results derived by researchers from the United Kingdom have discovered that some women may actually feel more physical pain when they are accompanied by their romantic partners during particular situations. Ouch.
The scientists used data from 39 heterosexual women subjects who underwent psychometric exams to determine the level of intimacy and romance between them and their romantic partners. After taking the tests, the participants were subjected to a much more physical experiment where they were shot by a stream of laser on their fingers, causing “tolerable” amounts of pain.
After the laser test, the women were asked to rate the degree of pain when their romantic partners were around and when they were not. Scientists found that the women who expressed preference not to have their partners present experienced more pain when they were around. The brain scan data confirms their rating — researchers find that the women actually experienced more pain during the test when the guys were present. The other women who did not express any specifications regarding their romantic partners’ presence reported same levels of pain for when they were around or when they were not.
The authors of the study say the results might be most applicable on similar circumstances such as childbirth. However, researchers were wary to directly compare the experience of childbirth with the feeling of shooting lasers on the women’s fingers, indicating that the two stimuli are not be experienced the same way.
The researchers added the possibility that women’s closeness issues might also be a factor in the level of pain felt. Women with closeness issues might find labor more painful when their romantic partners are around.
Recent researches in romance psychology has revealed excellent data shedding light on formerly unexplained phenomena regarding love and affection. A recent, unrelated study reported by the Inquisitr has revealed intriguing results concluding that the happiness of women in a married relationship is more important than the happiness of the husband’s.
“I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more for her husband, which has a positive effect on his life,” the study’s author said. “Men tend to be less vocal about their relationships and their level of marital unhappiness might not be translated to their wives.”
The U.K. study will be published on the scientific journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
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