Heard a woman make a catty remark or get the urge to say one yourself? There’s a hormonal connection

/Heard a woman make a catty remark or get the urge to say one yourself? There’s a hormonal connection

Heard a woman make a catty remark or get the urge to say one yourself? There’s a hormonal connection

Let’s be frank: Women can be catty. There, I said it. I know it’s not politically correct to point it out, but at some moment in your life (and most likely at many, many moments), you’ve been the target of another woman’s snide remarks about your appearance, talents or achievements for no good reason.

And, just to continue being honest, it’s quite likely that you’ve made some catty remarks about other women at some point yourself. I’m not proud of it, but if we’re keeping it real, I admit I’ve done it, too.

Well, not to make excuses, but it turns out that women are actually wired to be snarky–specifically around ovulation.

Why? Studies (like this one and this one) reveal it’s a primal way of warding off other women who we subconsciously (and often consciously) consider our romantic rivals when seeking out mates or keeping the one we have from straying during the most fertile phase of our cycle.

So, what can we do with this information? Now that we know this impulse to launch unearned insults at another woman is just an unfortunate side effect of fertility, we can try to stop ourselves or our friends from doing it. After all, one great benefit of knowing how your hormone cycle impacts you is having the control to override its influence–and choose a course of action that’s actually better.

[Photo: CEBImagery]

 

By | 2018-09-09T13:03:42+00:00 April 7th, 2016|hormonology tip, ovulation, Week 2|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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