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Science Says: This is Why Your Guy Can't Admit When He's Wrong

Turns out he’s not just trying to annoy you

It’s not exactly news that men battle with admitting when they’re wrong. Whether it’s him insisting that you had plans for 8pm instead of 7pm, or his belief that it’s okay for him to reply to his ex but never for you to, sometimes arguing with your male boo can feel like an uphill battle.

Apparently, much to our horror, we might need to cut the man in our life some slack. A study led by a team of Caltech researchers at the Wharton School, Western University and ZRT Laboratory has found that ‘higher levels of testosterone increase the tendency in men to rely on their intuitive judgments and reduce cognitive reflection.’ Simply put, this means that because of his higher levels of testosterone (then, say, you), your guy is more likely to act on his feeling or ‘gut reaction’ without considering whether he actually makes sense or not, than you are. Sounds familiar, right?

To test this hypothesis, 243 men took part in the study. Some of them were given an extra dose of testosterone while others were given a placebo. They were then asked to take a test designed to measure their cognitive reflection. The study found that the men who were given the testosterone performed more poorly than those in the placebo group. ‘What we found was the testosterone group was quicker to make snap judgments on brain teasers where your initial guess is usually wrong,’ Colin Camerer from Caltech explains.

So while it’s beyond frustrating when you can’t get him to see your way, try to keep in mind that he may not be able to help it. Send him this article. Try see him argue his way out of science.

PS: Not everyone – male or female – has the same levels of testosterone. These stats are just an average.

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