Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. -Henry David Thoreau
I’ve been staring at this for days. It’s beautiful.
I AM SCREAMING BUT IT IS ALSO REALLY FASCINATING AND KIND OF BEAUTIFUL.
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Do males and females experience different frequencies of positive and negative emotions?
The first diagram is of research data found on gender differences on the number of emotions experienced. Men report experiencing more positive emotions such as calmness and excitement while women more negative emotions such as sadness and anxiety.
However, recent research using electronic pagers where the participants had to report their feelings every hour of the day reveals otherwise. As displayed in diagram 2, both gender experiences the same number of positive and negative emotions. The graphs overlap perfectly.
What could possibly explain the contradiction in the two data?
There are several reasons. The obvious being the different methods used on conducting the research. The first test used self-report surveys and the second used instant pagers.
Self-report survey leaves room for many biases and inaccuracies to occur. Males and females both perceive negative emotions such as anxiety as that associated with the female gender while the positive emotions such as calmness with that of the male. And as a result of social desirability issues, a term that describes behaving in ways that conform to societal expectations, the gender differences occur.
Now here’s a question for everyone: Why might this difference such as that in the second research disappear when instant pagers, where you are constantly reporting your emotions, are used?
In conclusion, there are no gender differences for the experience of positive and negative emotions. Now one don’t have to go wondering if males are ever sad, because they are. They just hide it.
sometimes i just reblog things so I can go back and learn from them later on, yeah I’m weird.