Despite the stereotypes, women are not more emotional than men, researchers say.
University of Michigan researchers say feelings such as enthusiasm, nervousness, or strength are often interpreted differently between the two genders, but it’s what being “emotional” means to men vs. women that really makes the difference. For example, a man whose emotions fluctuate during a sporting event is described as “passionate,” but a woman whose emotions change due to any event, even if provoked, is considered “irrational.”
Researchers tracked men and women and found little-to-no differences between how emotions fluctuated between the two groups. Researchers say that they looked at women on hormonal birth control and women cycling naturally, and found no meaningful differences between the groups of women, making clear that emotional highs and lows are due to many influences– not only hormones.
Senior study author Adriene Beltz adds,
Our study uniquely provides psychological data to show that the justifications for excluding women in the first place (because fluctuating ovarian hormones, and consequently emotions, confounded experiments) were misguided.