Women are not more emotional than men, according to a new study that debunks the myth that girls are irrational.
WOMEN ARE NOT MORE EMOTIONAL THAN MEN, according to a new study that defies stereotypes.
What is often labeled “passionate” in men is labeled “irrational” in women, according to researchers from the University of Michigan.
A daily questionnaire focusing on emotions was completed by 142 men and women over a two-month period.
Participants were asked to rate how they feel when they are experiencing positive emotions like determination or excitement.
They also noted how negative emotions, such as irritability, affected them.
According to the findings, men’s emotions fluctuated just as much as women’s over the course of the 75 days of recorded responses.
Men may also have a wider range of positive emotions, according to the researchers.
The researchers also looked at how hormonal medication, such as certain types of contraception, affected emotional state.
The study included a comparison of women who take the Pill on a regular basis versus those who don’t.
They discovered no significant differences between the groups.
The Pill is known to reduce hormonal mood swings, with some people reporting increased irritability or depression as a result of taking it.
Beyond the influence of hormones, Dr. Adriene Beltz, senior author of the study at Michigan University, described a plethora of factors that can influence emotional state.
She stated that the study “found no meaningful differences between the groups of women, demonstrating that emotional highs and lows are caused by a variety of factors, not just hormones.”
“Many factors other than hormones can affect people’s emotions,” she continued, “including a lack of sleep, interactions with others, winter weather, their team losing at sports, or having watched a sad film.”
She described how men and women perceive certain emotions differently, with the key difference being how the emotions are interpreted, rather than the emotions themselves.
“A man’s emotions fluctuate during a sporting event are described as passionate, but a woman’s emotions are described as irrational,” she continued.
“Emotions vary from person to person.”
According to the researchers, their findings have far-reaching implications, not just for the average citizen.
They point out that women are frequently excluded from certain types of research because of the belief that hormonal fluctuations can skew the results.
They go on to say that because hormones are thought to cause emotional unpredictability, women will be excluded from controlled studies.
“Our study provides psychological data to show that the justifications for excluding women in the first place (because fluctuating ovarian hormones, and thus emotions, confounded) are false,” Dr. Beltz continued.
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