Study: Stress Increases Empathy in Women, Decreases It in Men

In times of stress, women turn to their friends, while men turn inward. A cliché? Perhaps, but newly published research finds it’s absolutely true.

A research team led by University of Vienna psychologist Claus Lamm reports males and female respond to stressful situations in virtually opposite ways. Men become more egocentric, while women heighten their ability to understand the perspective of others.


They specifically found stress spurred women
to override normal levels of self-centeredness
and respond to others with
heightened empathy.

The opposite appears to be true of men.