Do you often feel jealous? Now science shows that is not only a matter of insecurities, it is related to hormones!
Admit it, it’s happened to the best of us, you are casually walking along with your significant other, and you suddenly become irrationally jealous when a girl walks past. Foolish, green eyed, steam out of the ears, you feel jealous …no? oh, just me then.
A lot of things happen to us that we can put down to hormones, and responding a certain way to certain females during certain times of the month is, unfortunately, another thing that hormones are the cause of.
According to a study published in the scientific journal, Biology Letters, your jealousy could be linked to your hormones and not any underlying insecurities you may have (let’s all breathe a sigh of relief). Studies have been conducted in the past that have suggested that men find pictures of women who are ovulating more attractive than when the same woman is photographed and she is not ovulating.
This ovulating pattern matters to men as women who are ovulating are more likely to conceive, therefore carrying on their lineage and this matters to women because fertile women are more of a threat because they are at a point where they can conceive.
When a chimpanzee is in heat, her rear end swells up, making it fairly obvious for male chimpanzee’s to know when is a good time to make the moves. Japanese Macaques monkeys get a deep red face when they are at their most fertile. Humans are clearly not as obvious but have we actually evolved to conceal our ovulation?
A recent study would suggest so.
The experiment was to show a group of 220 women two pictures. One picture was of a woman ovulating and the other was when she was not ovulating. The researchers of the study found that the women in the study who themselves were at peak oestrogen levels (the point where we are about to ovulate) in their cycles found that the photo of the women who was ovulating to be a serious threat.
We can put this irrational behavior down to a large amount of oestrogen that courses throughout our bodies every month. This irrational response was only every present when the participants were having a high hormonal point in their cycle.
This response during our high hormonal point in the cycle goes back to our primal instincts. It comes down to our bodies not wanting another woman around our partner when we are able to reproduce (whether we want to or not is another issue).
This study does have its flaws, the study undertaken was quite small and so would have to be repeated. The two photos do look identical which means our natural instincts must be pretty on point to be able to identify the photo that shows her ovulating.
The study is interesting as it might be able to explain why some of us irrationally feel jealous when anyone approaches our partner. But don’t worry, it’s just another thing we can put down to hormones and hope we don’t offend too many people in the process.
By Holly W.
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