The Surprising Health Benefits Of Arguing

The idea is a pretty simple, and applies to just about every relationship in our lives: our bosses, co-workers, significant others, or our children. If we’re taking action to avoid confrontation with people, we may be making ourselves susceptible to physical problems, more than we’d have if we actually saw the argument through to the end.​

It sounds counter-intuitive, but it actually makes a kind of sense. It turns out that avoiding arguments can contribute to more erratic levels of cortisol in the human body. Cortisol is a hormone that accompanies stress, increases blood sugar, suppresses the immune system, and decreases bone formation, and arguing may actually help to keep it in check.

With that, let’s take a look at the psychology – as well as the physiology – behind one of our favorite pastimes.

 

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