Men's egos bruised when women succeed: Study 0
When women succeed, men feel worse about themselves, a new study has found.
Researchers from the University of Floriday conducted five experiments involving 896 people and found men were threatened when their wives or girlfriends excelled.
“Men were more likely to feel subconsciously worse about themselves when their female partner succeeded than when she failed,” found the study published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Men may say they are proud of their partners' social, intellectual or career success, but a a test that measures “implicit self-esteem” revealed that was not what they really felt deep down.
The same was not true for women, whose self-esteem was not affected by the success or failure of their husbands or boyfriends, and who reported better relationship satisfaction when they thought about a time their partner succeeded.
Men's egos were bruised even more when their partner succeeded in an area where they had failed.