Stress makes a man less emphatic
Men and women seem to be very able to support their partners equally when they are stressed – except when they are in stress themselves. Then men react less emphatic or supporting when their wife shares to be stressed or scared. While women in stressful situations can still support their partner as well as when they are in stress. It seems to be the case, that women can control their feelings better in difficult situations.
Source: Effects of stress on social support – Psychological Science
Source: Psychologie magazine – article written by Saskia Decorte – 22-10-2015