Anosmia influences relationships

Has anyone seen that comedy that came out a few years ago with John C. Reilly in it called “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story“? It’s a silly but hilarious parody of the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” (which was also quite a good movie, incidentally), and in the parody, you might remember that the main character has no sense of smell.

Picture of horse's nose

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It turns out that being born without a sense of smell is a real condition called anosmia and earlier this year researchers found that this condition is connected to experiencing psychological problems social insecurity. A new paper examining the same data has recently found that, in particular, men with this condition have less sexual relationships and women with the condition feel less secure about their partner.

Jonah Hill in “Walk Hard” probably wouldn’t have much sympathy for these people, though (warning: strong language):

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