(When it comes to receiving gifts, that is.)
Buying a gift for your man? Be careful. Guys are much more sensitive about the gifts they receive than women are, according to a new study.
A team of psychologists published the findings this fall in the journal Social Cognition. They surveyed 32 heterosexual couples on their gift preferences. Then the researchers picked either someone's least favorite choice or the perfect present, but made it seem like it was coming from that person's partner instead.
Men who got bad gifts reacted more negatively than men who got good ones. But women showed the opposite trend. Women who got an undesired gift were actually more accepting of it than if they'd received their ideal item.
After receiving the bad gifts, the women launched into a rational defense of their partners. They went into "stand by your man" mode.
The moral? If he gives you a tacky Christmas sweater, you'll love him more. But if you give him a fruitcake, watch out ... he's sure to be way less forgiving.