Is it really true that there are people who are more prone to fall prey to dog bites? On what basis can this be established and how can we determine whether we belong here?
Although dog bites are quite rare in the life of an average person, if they do, they can hurt quite a bit. Everyone knows about dogs, it’s not a smart thing to scare or irritate them, but what if we don’t do anything outrageous and still get bitten. There is a special reason for this, according to scientists, which you can now find out from our article!
This age group is most at risk for dog bites
An article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health was written by a research team at the University of Liverpool led by epidemiologist Carri Westgarth. This study sought to obtain information on the frequency of dog bites and whether there are features that make a person more or less likely to be attacked by dogs. This is not an easy task because many dog bites do not require medical attention and thus are not officially reported, so there is often no accurate data on the number of dog bites. The researchers targeted a single community of 1,280 households in Cheshire, UK. They decided to try to ask as many residents as possible about this topic. The rate of cooperation was quite good and data were collected from 694 inhabitants.
The general finding of the study was that although dog bites are more common than would be measured by hospital records alone, they are not as common. Bites were also found to be more likely to occur from unknown dogs (55 percent).
Certain personal characteristics have been found to be important for dog biting. Confirming the results of previous studies, they found that children under the age of 15 were at the highest risk and suffered 44 percent of all dog bites. It is also reported that men were almost twice as likely to be bitten by dogs as women. All of the metrics they used followed the general method of previous studies that looked at how common dog bites were, except for one thing: these researchers also performed a short personality test on each of their respondents, which measured the five most common aspects of personality.
Do they understand anxiety?
This is the first study to try to link dog attacks to the personalities of bite victims. They found a dimension in which personality matters. This was the dimension that is sometimes referred to as “stable versus unstable,” but more often referred to as personality traits in neuroticism.
Inventories to measure neuroticism typically ask questions that focus on irritability, anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, anxiety, hostility, self-awareness, and vulnerability. Individuals who score high on the neuroticism test also have no proportionate negative emotional responses to frequent stress in their lives and environments.
Researchers often refer to neuroticism as a predisposition to negative emotions or negative feelings. It’s almost like a nervous person moving in a world surrounded by a faint cloud of insecurity, fear, self-awareness, and anxiety. Recent research appears to show that individuals with high neuroticism suffer more from a variety of mental and physical problems than their more stable peers. These problems include drug and alcohol dependence and various forms of anxiety and panic disorders. On the physical side, an increased incidence of asthma, cardiovascular disease, and irritable bowel syndrome is found in these individuals.
This study also increases the burden on the neurotic person, as it shows that more neurotic individuals are 22 percent more likely to develop a dog bite than more emotionally stable individuals. It is possible that due to the anxiety and insecurity of these people, they emit various pheromones that irritate the dogs. and that the constant restlessness associated with high levels of neuroticism may contribute to their emergence. Researchers also suggest that certain patterns of behavior in neurotic people may cause dogs to notice and “target” them.
The man, who is restless, wiggles, folds his arms as if to hug himself to provide security, rubs his hands, and so on — all the signs of anxiety and all the signs that are common in neurotic and anxious people. It’s easy to see such signs of stress and because dogs are masters of reading body language, they also notice them. In their less sophisticated minds, the most effective way to keep this somewhat confusing individual away from them is a warning bite. Thus, a person who is prone to neuroticism may become the target of aggression by dogs simply because it causes discomfort to nearby dogs.