Monday, December 22, 2008

Gifts for Men or Women?


Especially apropos during this season. Here is the featured piece.
What do you think?

A piece says:
" The researchers think their findings are consistent with the tendency for women to act as guardians of relationships, and that their positive reaction to the receipt of a bad gift was a form of psychological defence against the disappointment of receiving a dud present.

"That is, in response to the relational threat posed by receiving a bad gift from a partner, women may be more motivated than men to protect their sense of similarity to the gift-giver," the researchers said, adding that this reflects "the broader tendency for women — more than men — to guard relationships against potential threats."




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10 comments:

Mary said...

I have been faking an interest in gifts since I can remember. And so has the bf.
Btw, I like the kitsch pic you chose to accompany the piece.

John said...

I don't know if I buy this argument. I have been acting surprised since I was a kid. So, yeah....

JJ said...

Wow. I don't know about you but I find the article VERY sexist. Like women are all walking on egg shells 'lest' their male partners get vexed....? WTF?!
Or maybe we're just too real in this neck of the woods, I don't know.

Mike said...

MY GIFTS ARE GENDER-NEUTRAL. ;0

dana said...

And btw, I still remember that gift reaction from a while back. "uhm, you got me THIS book? Weren't we together at B&N when I read it?!"
And that's also gender-neutral.

I do think that faking a good reaction to a gift is the kind thing to do. If the gifts come from anybody but your intimate circle that is. Otherwise, one can be mocked, and rightly so, for a bad gift. :)

dave said...

At times I feel I walk around with a smile plastered on my face.

Sra said...

I think they are too ready to draw conclusions from these research results.

Brooke said...

I agree with Sra. The lines are much too rigid. I mean how do they quantify these things. I know if my life this is not really the case.

Jamie said...

and that's why i only give gift cards to restaurants. everyone likes to eat out.

Gina said...

I can't take the fake reactions any more. It's a good reason to call in sick at the next gift swap party :)