Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the toughest things new parents will experience, just about everyone knows this. What they may not know is that the cries of an infant can actually cause testosterone to dip in some men, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. Based on a University of Michigan study, low testosterone has been shown to potentially reduce aggression in men and make them more empathetic, resulting in better performance as a father.
In both fathers and mothers, an infant’s cry will trigger a multitude of emotional responses ranging from empathy to annoyance or even aggravation. Obviously the best reaction in such a scenario is empathy as aggressiveness can potentially escalate to behaviors that may put the child at risk. The study found that when men saw their child in a state of distress and their testosterone was reduced, they became more sensitive and nurturing when it came to interacting with their children. The study also found that fathers in a healthy, loving relationship describing themselves as as empathetic were more sensitive.
Another University of Michigan (UM) study shows that men experience hormonal changes well before they’re about to enter fatherhood. These changes may be a function of psychological changes that men experience as they get ready to become fathers, relationship changes or even physical changes they may experience along with their pregnant partners.
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