We are all truly aware of the phenomena known as stress. Whenever life hurls a curve ball in our paths, the aftermath can be an induction of stress. A stressful situation can leave an indelible mark on us and we can pay for it by being engulfed into the sensation of feeling older than our age dictates. However do not be too bogged down or disheartened because even if we are not seemingly aware of it, there is a flip side to every situation. If you have been unlucky in the department of love, maybe a little bit of stress is exactly what the doctor ordered!
A study conducted by Dr. Viren Swami of the University of Westminster in London brought into light the surprising fact that men who are induced with stress demonstrated an enhanced level of allurement for larger women. The study also gave a psychological insight to how men perceive women when under stress. The study was initiated by showing pictures of women varying in body shapes and sizes to two groups of men and noting their behaviors to each of the pictures. Prior to witnessing the pictures, one group of men underwent a stressful task while the other group was confined to a relaxed state of mind. The group of men who underwent the stressful task preferred larger women to their slimmer counterparts. Quite surprisingly, slimmer women were largely synonymous with enhanced rate of poor health and reproductive deficiencies. Therefore, we can safely say that stress can alter our perceptions. After the conclusion of the study and analyzing the results, Dr. Viren Swami noted that this study will be useful for future references when analyzing cultural differences in relation to body shape.
Useful as this study might be for gauging behavioral patterns when induced with stress, unknowingly, stress can also ultimately pave the way towards true love!