Stress makes men react aggressively

Males often react in a more aggressive manner than their female counterparts when feeling stressed, new research has suggested. Published in BioEssays, the study noted the SRY gene could play a crucial role in promoting traits that are typically associated with men, which come to the fore in pressurised situations.

Investigators in Australia noted these characteristics can result in guys reacting in a fight-or-flight manner to stress, with the SRY gene exerting a 'maleness' that plays a role in movement regulation and blood pressure.

Dr Joohyung Lee of the Prince Henry's Institute in Melbourne, Australia - which has been operating for more than 50 years - noted: "The aggressive fight-or-flight reaction is more dominant in men, while women predominantly adopt a less aggressive tend-and-befriend response."

The researchers observed the Y-chromosome gene SRY shows the genetic base for the difference between the two sexes, while the gene was also found to be prevalent in a number of vital organs within the male body.

Ron Bracey, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "The research supports biological differences between the sexes which explain why men can fly off the handle under pressure whilst women tend to try to contain and fix stressful situations. 

"The activation of the flight-fight response may have lost its evolutionary advantage, but helping men who are prone to stress-triggered aggression to anticipate then contain their emotional outbursts and avoid the negative fall out from losing it."