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Why Men Refuse to Ask for Directions: Blind Panic

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Why do men refuse to ask for directions? Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator, has a theory:

It is a scenario familiar to long-suffering wives everywhere. Hopelessly lost on a country road, the man behind the wheel refuses to ask directions, grits his teeth and drives even faster into unknown territory.

But while the reluctance of male drivers to accept any outside help certainly seems like pig-headedness, it may actually stem from a less macho cause: blind panic.

While women are more than happy to use all available resources to help them reach a goal, men will rigidly stick to their original "system" – such as a map or set of directions – even though it has clearly led them astray.

Being forced to confront the fact that their system does not work makes men flustered and usually results in them putting the pedal to the floor in a desperate bid to avoid the reality of the situation, experts said.

Nick Collins of The Telegraph explains: Link

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