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What Happens When A Man Grows A Beard, According To Science

Ask anyone who has ever bearded up, and they'll tell you that life changes once you embrace your inner werewolf. People look at you differently. You feel different. As a whole, the impact that a beard has upon a person's life is way bigger than you might think, and to back that up, here are some scientific studies that have been done on beards — many of which, one would assume, may have been conducted by bearded men. Here's what happens when you grow a beard.

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    Scientific Effects That Happen When A Man Grows A Beard

    Scientific Effects That Happen When A Man Grows A Beard

    Ask anyone who has ever bearded up, and they'll tell you that life changes once you embrace your inner werewolf. People look at you differently. You feel different. As a whole, the impact that a beard has upon a person's life is way bigger than you might think, and to back that up, here are some scientific studies that have been done on beards — many of which, one would assume, may have been conducted by bearded men. Here's what happens when you grow a beard.

    The Dark History Of The American Beard

    The Dark History Of The American Beard

    The history of personal fashion is rarely just about looks; there's almost always a deeper layer of meaning wound tightly around a society's most basic assumptions and beliefs. The American beard is no exception. From the nation's founding historical moments, the facial hair choices of American men reveal deep-seated attitudes about the most basic stuff that makes a civilization tick. So grab a beard comb, and let's dive face first into the bristly, dark depths of the history of the American beard.

    The Real Reason Some Men Can't Grow Beards

    The Real Reason Some Men Can't Grow Beards

    Whether we're talking about chinstraps, soul patches, mustaches or the full Duck Dynasty, the male beard is a fashion statement that has been floating in and out of style since World War I. Prior to 1914, any adult male who could grow a beard, had a beard. Alexander the Great notwithstanding, It wasn't until the military distributed razors to G.I.s on the Western Front so their gas masks fit properly that the shaved face became en vogue. These days, beards of all shapes and sizes seem to be everywhere you look. Since the early 2000s, beards have seen a mainstream comeback. The lumbersexual look is in.

    What Is Pogonophobia, The Fear Of Beards?

    What Is Pogonophobia, The Fear Of Beards?

    Yes, that's right, fear of beards is a real human phobia defined by science, and it's just one of many possible phobias observed in humans. That full list even includes phobophobia, or a fear of phobias. And what might cause such an extreme aversion to full and bushy facial hair? The things that lead a person to develop a phobia — pogonophobia or otherwise — are not well understood, though phobias sometimes run in families, so genetics may play a part. As far as pogonophobia, a few leading theories as to what might cause such a fearful reaction to bearded men all break down to our unconscious assumption as to what bearded men might be like.

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