In the changeable and often contrarian field of evolutionary psychology, especially the bits involving our most powerful hormone, there’s an interesting new development about an old truth.
That old code among men who are friends about each others’ wives and girlfriends may have evidence in actual fact.
Most of the headlines are focusing on the hormone, but of-course, this is really a story about Evolution.
It would seem to make sense that historically, tribes fraught with internecine warfare over the easiest targets for squabbles may have just plain died out, with the more locally-sensible ones the survivors.
Dr. Mark Flinn has measured this effect as an actual Decrease in Testosterone Levels while a man is in the presence of a friend’s
-Where normally, the presence of an available female, the levels would average out as higher than normal.
Check out the other more geopolitical implications of this work and all the details at the links.
JUMP BONUS! For my pal Conan O’Brien-The Cars:
• Source: UMissouri-Adultery With Friends’ Wives
• More Coverage: ABC News
• Source Study: Journal: Human Nature-Hormonal Mechanisms for Regulation of Aggression in Human Coalitions