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On International Men's Day, HHS tells women to 'calm down'

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Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke,Health and Human Services,Gender Issues

Apparently, the key to marital happiness is getting the woman to "calm down," according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

"[A] study of hot marital fights indicates that when the wife calms down, the couples are more happy," HHS Healthbeat's Ira Dreyfuss said. "Happiness didn't change if the husband calmed down quickly."

HHS posted the summary of the study Tuesday, on International Men's Day, as Ashe Schow observed.

Dreyfuss cited a study done by Lian Bloch at University of California, Berkeley. “The marriages that were the happiest were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly during marital conflict,” Bloch said.

HHS paraphrased Bloch as saying that "calm wives were able to look constructively for ways to deal with the emotions and talk about ways to solve the problems."

Unfortunately, HHS made no comment about whether it's a good or bad idea to tell a woman to calm down when she's mad at you.

H/T Lachlan Markay

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