A colleague just posted a link to this story with the comment New “Wuss in a Can!” Guys: If you see this, run the other way, OK? It’s true that girls want their man to understand them better, but there are limits.
Researchers in Germany sprayed oxytocin in the noses of 24 men and then showed them emotionally charged images of a crying child, a girl hugging her cat and a grieving man.
Their reactions were compared with those of men who had not received the spray.
The empathy expressed by the men who had been sprayed with oxytocin was so high it was on a par with what would normally be expected of women.
Oxytocin is a hormone released to trigger labour in pregnant women and also helps bonding with the newborn child.
It has been called the cuddle hormone or the trust hormone as it is released at orgasm.
The study, published by the University of Bonn in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first to suggest oxytocin is also important for feelings of empathy.
Oxytocin sprays are being sold commercially on the internet.