Are Men Less Emotional Than Women?
What do you believe? Are men less emotional than women?
Some men are more emotional than women, and some women aren’t very emotional at all.
It seems society tends to believe that men are less emotional than women. Maybe it’s because men are taught to “man up” and keep their emotions in check. Women, because of their nurturing role, are allowed to express their feelings more freely.
The truth is, men experience the full spectrum of emotions. They’re not callous or cold. They just express their feelings differently than women. For instance, many men get choked up when watching an emotional movie but try to hide it. Keep in mind that some men have no problems at all expressing their emotions.
Another matter that complicates the issue is that some women prefer men not to be too emotional because it’s seen as weak or unstable. But it’s a delicate balance because they don’t want men to be completely emotionless either. That perspective makes it very difficult for a man to be his authentic self emotionally.
It doesn’t help matters that Hollywood tends to reinforce the stereotypes between men and women. Perhaps more so in years past with the cliché, flint-faced alpha male coming to the rescue. Men don’t have time to bleed, let alone cry. They’re taught to ignore their pain and soldier on – that this is what it means to be a real man.
One of the reasons why men and women express emotions differently is biology. Women have different hormones than men. These hormones can affect how people experience and express emotion.
It’s important to note that many studies on the differences between men and women are centered around studying the brain. While science has come a long way in the past 50 years with these studies, the brain is still a highly complex organ. In the grand scheme of things, we know very little about it.
Think about it for a second. With the complexities of the human brain and the unique differences between men and women, how much can we really know about how and why men and women experience and express emotions the way they do?
And what will we know 50 years from now about the brain? We don’t know for sure, but it’s likely to be much different from what we think we know now.
The important thing to remember is that men and women experience the full spectrum of emotions. And just because they express them differently doesn’t mean they don’t experience emotions equally at the deepest levels, which is something to acknowledge and appreciate when feeling frustrated with our romantic partner.