Why Your Man Might Keep His Distance from Other Women

by Gena Kaufman, Glamour

You don't have to worry about your guy when he's out without you. He's less likely to move his joystick toward other pretty ladies than a single guy is. I mean that so literally you don't even know.

It seems like scientists are constantly studying the effects of love hormone oxytocin, and this time, they've devised a series of experiments to see how a dose of the hormone affects the behavior of men who are in relationships versus single men.

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In one experiment, men approached or were approached by an attractive female experimenter, and were told to either hold their position or stop her approach at the distance at which they felt comfortable talking, thereby establishing a personal bubble. In the second, men saw pleasant images, such as beautiful women or landscapes, or disturbing ones, such as mutilated body parts or dirt, and were asked to pull a joystick toward them for the pleasant and push away for the unpleasant.

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Both times, men in relationships reacted differently. Men dosed with oxytocin who were in relationships had bigger personal bubbles than single men by about six to eight inches, and they were slower to respond to the beautiful women with their joystick (heh, I told you). The oxytocin-dosed guys didn't react any differently when approaching strange men, nor did they trust the female experimenter any less than the other men. Researchers say the experiments show that oxytocin plays a key role in boosting fidelity and monogamy.

Do you worry about your guy when he's around other women, or do you trust him completely? Do the results of this experiment make you feel any better or worse?

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