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So, this means that when a man cries it's rarer and, so, it's usually more meaningful. These two photos made an indelible impression on my mind when I first saw them 40 years ago.
Men tend to be more left-hemisphere orientated, more logical and less creative than their right-brained counterparts, women.
Women are generally known to have a lower pain threshold than men (I once saw a woman cry because she had broke a plastic fingernail!), and men almost consider it a sign of manliness to take the punishment (and they'll even brag about hurting themselves).
Listen to Sampson Parker ... tell me if a woman could ever do what he had to do? Please, someone suggest that a woman could have done what he did (and don't talk childbirth, because what he did wasn't anything like childbirth -- women are made to endure childbirth for the most part)!
The right-brain/left-brain myth is long dispelled and regarded only as a metaphor by today's neuroscientists. People do exhibit hemispheric dominance, but that has mostly to do with handedness and in no way manifests itself in someone's personality or skills being more right brain or left brain.
For the record, I don't mean this as a personal attack against anyone. Just remember that the culture in which you grew up has taught you well to conform to the stereotypes and thanks to your confirmation bias you're less likely to seek evidence against them.
Another aspect is that women suffer depression more than men
Quote from: Jessica H on 01/03/2010 02:54:46Another aspect is that women suffer depression more than menThat's interesting; I didn't know that; have you got a reference for that stat? I'd be interested to read a bit more about it.Chris
Who develops mental health problems? Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men (29% compared to 17%).This could be because, when asked, women are more likely to report symptoms of common mental health problems. - Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study Of The Mental HealthOf Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics (2003) Depression is more common in women than men. 1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared to 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. It has also been suggested that depression in men may have been under diagnosed because they present to their GP with different symptoms.- National Institute For Clinical Excellence (2003) Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Of people with phobias or OCD, about 60% are female.- The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001) Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol or drug problem. 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male.- The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001) In general, rates of mental health problems are thought to be higher in minority ethnic groups than in the white population, but they are less likely to have their mental health problems detected by a GP.- Inside Outside: Improving Mental Health Services For Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in England, NationalInstitute For Mental Health In England (2003) One in four unemployed people has a common mental health problem- The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001)