A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that being hungry can cause extreme anger in some people.
“Hungry people are cranky people,” says the lead author Brad Bushman, Ph.D., stating what moms have known for centuries.
The study gave couples blood glucose monitors and voodoo dolls (best science project ever!) and instructed each partner to take their blood sugar in the morning and evening. Each person was to take their voodoo doll every night and stick pins in it to represent how angry they were with their partner. Zero pins meant no anger at all, while 51 pins was Lorena Bobbitt-worthy.
After three weeks, the researchers found that people with lower blood sugar were more stabby, even when controlling for a number of variables like overall relationship satisfaction. The hungrier people got, the more the doll became a pincushion, for both men and women.
I guess this is something I’ve always known, but it does make me pause and think about my actions when dealing with the hungry we serve each day.
Sometimes I’m not that patient with their anger, but I need to take this into account.
I’ve kind of had the philosophy that there are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot, but I’m starting to realize I need to pay a little bit more to the environmental and psychological factors that a person may be dealing with.
Some of the folks we serve are having quite a hard time and are trying to pull themselves out of it. Frustration is a part of it and sometimes depression too.
So the next time you see someone who may be hungry, please try and remember there may be other things that they are going through and to cut them a bit of slack. I know that there are many times I don’t see the big picture in peoples lives, but I’m going to try.
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
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