Washington, Jul 16 (UNI) It's official now! Men find it hard to resist temptation while women overcome it easily, according to research, highlighting once again why the men are from Mars and women from Venus.
In a new study, psychologists determined that men easily fall for the tempation of a single, attractive women, putting at risk the relationship with their partners. Women, on the other hand, are likelier to work to strengthen their current relationships after meeting an attractive man.
''One interpretation of these studies is that men are unable to ward off temptation. We do not subscribe to this. Instead, we believe men simply interpret these interactions differently than women do,'' said lead author John E Lydon, PhD, of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Men may not see their flirtations with an attractive woman as threatening to the relationship while women do. Researchers found that women protect their relationship more when an attractive man enters the picture but men look more negatively at their partner after meeting an attractive woman.
For the study, researchers conducted seven laboratory experiments using 724 men and women to see how those in serious relationships react when an attractive person enters their life, the Science Daily reported.
It was found that women did not need to be trained to withhold any reactions when approached by attractive men.
''Women have been socialised to be wary of the advances of attractive men,'' says Lydon.
However, men can learn to resist temptation when trained to think that flirting with an attractive woman could destroy their relationship, said Mr Lydon.
''These findings show that even if a man is committed to his relationship, he may still need to formulate strategies to protect his relationship by avoiding that available, attractive woman. The success rate of such strategies may not be 100 per cent but it is likely to be significantly higher than if the man was not made aware of the specific consequences of his actions,'' says Lydon.
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