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Study: Men are bad at reading women's emotions

Researchers in Germany prove what women everywhere already knew.

Sometimes clichés are actually true, and this one will have your wife or girlfriend saying "I told you so" tonight. Men are indeed really bad at gauging women’s emotions, according to a new study that was released last week in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE.

What has men flummoxed? Apparently, it’s all in the eyes.

Photo: Men are bad at reading women's emotions new study finds / Getty Images"Men's problems in recognizing women's emotions could be linked to difficulties in extracting the relevant information from the eye region, which remain one of the richest sources of social information for the attribution of mental states to others," the study reads.

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In examining 22 participants, researchers at the LWL-University Hospital in Bochum, Germany, found that men much more easily correctly identified emotions from men's eyes than they did women's eyes.

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Photo: Men are bad at reading women's emotions new study finds / Kathrin Ziegler/Getty Images

Apr 20, 2013 5:21AM
women go with what ever hormone is going through there body at the moment. how the hell can you read that!
Apr 20, 2013 5:19AM

Why can't men read women? Simple. Gentlemen...(and ladies) here is the reason:


Men's brains and thought processes:

Yes, No, Thank You, No thank You, Sure, Not now, Okay


Women's brains and thought processes:



Any more questions?


Oh...and my qualifications for the above interpretation of women? simple:

Six sisters, coached girls, women's and women's college sports over a 25+ year span, been married for almost 22 years (got married late in life) and have a daughter. Any more questions? Carry on!

Apr 20, 2013 4:13AM

Men, here is another insight if you are really trying to make a relationship work better.


Maybe you are left 'reading the tea leaves' because she is scared you do not want to talk and will get an angry tone or something.  Men, just take a couple minutes and sincerely care and talk even if it's only for two minutes. 


Women, talk about something that does not infer 'you are doing so and so wrong'.  Or maybe that's the whole problem?


Ha Ha

Apr 20, 2013 4:05AM
As a woman (keep in mind it is Friday night), she would like you to touch her on the arm as she is walking by, or her shoulder which is more intimate.  Look in her eyes with patience and then a smile that tells her (you might even vocalize it) that she sure is pretty.  Men be faithful and clean.  Men = this will work.  Women = look nice for this to occur.  Both people be nice to eachother = fun relationship.

This is totally bogus. Women cheat the same amount as men. They just do not admit it. Therefore, you will find the statistical data biased. Men and women that are not in a relationship with great communication will always find themselves not being able to gauge each other.

I am sure women will say ":I can read my man's emotions like a book". This is absolutely false. So when he cheats, you should not ask him why.


Apr 20, 2013 3:32AM

They needed a study to tell them this?



Apr 20, 2013 3:20AM
And this is why I always encourage my girlfriend to invite her girlfriends to bed with us. So they can look into and read her eyes while I'm behind them both looking, slapping, and pounding their asses.  This study:  You see . . . I'm already a better man because of it. 
Apr 20, 2013 2:59AM
because their hormones are changing minute to minute.  men don't need to read women.  Get over it. It is NOT all about you.  Read us!!
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