You probably already know that men and women deal and react to stress differently. What you may not have realized is just how different we are when it comes to dealing with stress. And one of the keys appears to be how defensive we are:
Defensiveness is a trait characterized by avoidance, denial or repression of information perceived as threatening.
In women, a strong defensive reaction to judgment from others or a threat to self-esteem will result in high blood pressure and heart rate.
But in older men, the researchers found those with low defensive reactions have higher cardiovascular rates.
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