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Timely new research suggests physical abuse against wives and girlfriends may be triggered by a specific psychological state: The emotional stress that can result when males perceive themselves as less masculine than their peers and cultural role models.
A research team led by Dennis Reidy, a violence-prevention scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, refers to this as “discrepancy stress,” and defines it as “a form of distress arising from perceived failure to conform to socially prescribed masculine gender role norms.” …

Men who felt stress over their perceived inadequate level of masculinity were more likely to have admitted abusing their partners, even after a variety of other factors were taken into consideration.
“Men who experience stress related to perceiving themselves as being less masculine than the typical man—or believing that they are perceived as such by others—may be more likely to interpret ambiguous interactions as challenges to their masculinity,” Reidy and his colleagues write. -Tom Jacobs

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of a man experiencing discrepancy stress and the actions it triggers.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you think that society is expecting something out of you that you can’t do?

Art Prompt: Discrepancy stress

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the stress created by expectations and how this affects men and their relationships.

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