New research states Women in positions of power boost their testosterone levels.
This was concluded after scientists at the US University of Wisconsin, Madison, asked actors to pretend they were firing an employee. Both men and women were asked to deliver the difficult task with either a stereotypical male or female approach. Men’s testosterone levels did not increase in the authoritative trial but the women’s levels did in both the masculine and female shoes. Researchers concluded this indicates women holding authority, such as being able to dismiss staff, get a boost of testosterone from the power.
Do men act powerful because they have more testosterone — or do they have more testosterone because they’re conditioned to act more powerfully?