Low Testosterone Makes Fathers Better

Posted: Jun 20 2016, 5:24am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Low Testosterone Makes Fathers Better
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  • Low Testosterone makes Fathers Better Guardians of their Little Children

It has been found that low testosterone makes fathers better guardians of their little children.

Couples blessed with a newly-arrived bundle of joy tend to lose precious sleep. What is a fact is that the baby’s crying can make the father’s testosterone levels undergo a dip.

Yet this is not such a bad thing when seen from the evolutionary point of view. The low testosterone makes fathers less aggressive in their nature and they also show more empathy for the young helpless baby. This makes them better dads that are able to give love to and care for the little baby. 

This novel information comes from a study conducted recently. Male parenting instincts are in focus in the study and how males become better dads is the watchword of the whole research.

After all, it is not just the female’s job to nurture her offspring. Her male counterpart plays as intensive a role in childrearing. The emotional signals that mothers and fathers give off upon seeing their baby crying include: empathy, annoyance and aggravation, according to TheConversation.

The ideal response is empathy and it is so for obvious reasons. It helps in parent-child bonding and leads to a build-up of security, trust and a beautiful, moral relationship of warmth and understanding.  

When men saw their babies crying and their testosterone levels took a nosedive, they tended to reach out in a nurturing way to the infants. This was ideal for the sort of domesticated family life that is the norm.

Sensitivity shown by the father is a must for a family to flourish into a unit for the  transmission of culture. Also when fathers tended to have a loving relationship with their wives, they were also very attached with their children. This sort of thing goes without saying. 

Fathers and their infants were exposed to what is called the Strange Situation. The dads were separated from their babies for a time span of three minutes.

During this time, the babies started crying and whimpering. Then when both dads and babies were reunited, the babies stopped crying and sought reassurance and contact comfort from their fathers.

Later on the fathers were instructed to interact and play with their babies. Saliva samples were collected from the dads. These showed lower levels of testosterone which is needed for father-infant bonding.

Also, it was discovered that fathers are more at peace with themselves when they empathize with their babies. Thus the effect is mutual and makes for a happy family life.

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