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Avoid Conflict – Work with a Woman and Live with a Man

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The key to a less stressful life may be to work with women and live with men according to a new study from the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM).

Both men and women agree that women get angrier than men in the home and that men are more prone to being assertive and aggressive in the workplace.

Of the 502 people who responded to the BAAM survey women were most likely to indicate their predilection to anger in the home - male opinion on the issue was more evenly split. Male respondents, however, appeared equally honest about their temper tantrums in the workplace. Only a quarter of men questioned believed women were angrier than them at their place of work, the rest were prepared to admit they were far more likely to fly into a rage than a woman.

Mike Fisher, BAAM's founder said that men and women's traditional roles at work and in the home were at the root of the findings.

"Women are under enormous pressure in the home, particularly if they're working mothers," he said. "They have double the stress because they're effectively doing two full time jobs. The 'new man' image is still largely a myth - women are still far more likely than men to be responsible for household chores and childcare, so the pressures on their home life are far greater. What's great is that they admit it. Admitting you have a problem is getting you halfway to solving it."

Fisher continued: "We need to consider that most men are highly competitive and status driven in their careers, which makes them potentially stressed, angry and aggressive towards others. Whilst trying to meet the demands and pressures that they impose on themselves and colleagues, men fail to recognise the affects of their behaviour."

BAAM is a privately funded professional body of consultants, counsellors and trainers,

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