Men and women experience feelings differently. Men have frequently characterized women as too emotional, while women have often viewed men as simply ”not getting it.”
Research examining the areas of the brain which become active when a person is asked to think of something sad shed light on the major physiologic differences underlying emotions in men versus women.
The small area of men’s brain activated while processing sad emotions compared to the extensive areas activated in women may help us understand why men have such difficulty recognizing and expressing feelings and why they may tend to avoid emotional discussions or become overwhelmed by them.
Next week – Gender and Depression in Men