Desire for Time Alone
-Gallant et al (1992)
All women reported some degree of photophobia during PMS migraines.
During PMS, women care less about other people’s feelings. They are even less accurate when identifying the emotions on people’s faces.
Women might be inclined during PMS to roll their shoulders inward and hold self-protective postures. However, yoga poses that open the spine and chest, thought to improve the hormonal function of the body, reduce pain for women with bad PMS.
The Turkish Bath
In any room of twenty randomly gathered young women, there will be on average two women undergoing PMS. Can you see them? Hints: look for pulling away from the crowd, evidence of light sensitivity and loud sounds, daytime fatigue. Also: self-enclosing posture, need for personal space, absence of any interest in emotion recognition in others.