The chances of being bitten depend on the psychological properties of the person.

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Researchers from the University of Liverpool have questioned the official statistics of dog bites, which lead the health authorities in the UK, and decided to count how often dogs bite people, but at the same time to find out who bite more often.

To do this, they interviewed nearly 700 people of one small town in Cheshire: they asked when the last time was bitten by a dog, did they care, as they generally are dogs, etc.; in addition, they were asked a series of questions with which to evaluate some of the important personal parameters.

Indeed, it was found that dogs bite people is about 2.5 times more often than according to statistics – but it’s still a concern of the British administration. Much more interesting was the fact, who bite more often, someone less often. Men bitten almost twice as often than women . For children and adolescents up to 16 years accounted for 44% of cases. The strange dogs bites occurred in 55% of cases, that is a stranger to bite most of friends.

And the most interesting, as stated in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health was due to personal characteristics. People anxious, irritable, depressed, in a word, emotionally unstable bit more, and a correlation was clearly visible: the alarming, depresiunea, etc. was, the greater was the probability that he was bitten.

Explanations the authors do not offer, but we can assume that men, as teenagers often behave with animals more sharply, provoking a response. The high frequency of “unknown” bites all the more obvious: with a familiar dog you already know how to behave with each other.

As for the emotionally unstable people, it can be assumed that, being busy with their own experiences, they pay little attention to the surrounding world, and, obeying their own unstable emotions again provoke dogs on a symmetric reaction.

Of course, it is possible to assume that the man became depressed and anxious after a dog bite. But keep in mind that many people who participated in the survey, biting a long time, and if since the depression of the bite they have never passed, we have to recognize that they have probably been before.

And, of course, it is worth noting that such a study would hold in other countries – to learn the impact of cultural characteristics on the relationship with dogs. And it would be good to include here, and other Pets: who knows what fascinating statistics will be revealed to us when we analyze the attacks on us from the budgies.