Dealing With Emotions: Men Versus Women

Women are labeled as being more emotional than men but is accusation an accurate assessment? Indeed, the science is there to confirm that women are more emotional than men. The research also suggests that women are naturally better at sensing, interpreting and in many instances managing the emotions of others.

Is it a chemical balance in the brain of men and women or are they merely wired differently? Research suggests that neural activity in the brain causes men and women to process emotions differently.

Women smile more often than men. They are more likely to display positive emotions than men, and they have a higher likelihood of sharing their fears.

Who is Better at Recognizing Emotional Signals?

Studies show that women score higher than their male counterparts on emotional intelligence and empathy tests. Women are thought to have more frequent exposure to social-emotional driven roles that generate a need to respond to or exhibit emotional signals including child care, romantic relations, and even as leaders within a company or organization.

Women are thought to be more vulnerable to emotional sensitivity cues and therefore, this might explain their response. Several studies suggest that men and women identify or receive emotional signals very differently. The intensity in which they observe or witness an emotional expression differs between the sexes.

Amazingly, men and women could watch the same video in which an emotional overture takes place and read things very differently. Women might zero in on facial expressions, the tone of voice, and physical gestures. In one study, women were able to identify evidence of anger and disgust faster than men. They were better in identifying sadness and surprise as well.  Thus, women demonstrate a higher level of accuracy in both recognizing and categorizing emotions.

How Do the Sexes Respond to Emotional Stimuli?

Multiple studies report that there are gender differences in their trait and neural responses to emotional stimuli. Women are more sensitive and responsive to emotions unfolding before them including sad or angry faces.  The research even suggests that women exert a grander display of emotion in the face of negative emotions or stimuli than men.

Women have more neural activity than men when confronted with emotional events or images. Men on the other hand experience activity in the visual cortex, unlike women who experience this activity in the insular cortex. Scientists believe that it is the result of these two distinct locations in the brain that separate how it is men and women react to the same emotional situation. Men can separate themselves from the emotional impact of the moment, unlike women who sense things deeply.

Also, women are likely to display a greater facial and more response to negative emotional stimuli which may explain men sometimes appear to be far away in thought while women have a myriad of emotions written all over their face.

Can Men and Women Change the Way they Deal with Emotions?

Experts believe that with practice, men and women can purposefully change the way in which they respond to emotional events. For example, women can learn to separate themselves in the same manner as men from an emotional situation to view things objectively. Men, on the other hand, can learn to be compassionate with training and consistent recognition of emotional cues.

In Summary

In summary, the available research is invaluable in helping men and women understand why there are such differences in the gender response to emotional situations. Men and women process emotional images and conditions in a very different manner. While the two sexes can learn to adapt their response or interpretation of a particular moment, it is also essential for them to better understand the natural tendencies that exist.