Perhaps you have seen the New Yorker cartoon of a cave woman saying to her bewildered looking caveman partner: “We need to talk.”The thinking bubble over his head says. “Uh-oh.” The cartoon caption reads: “The Emergence of Language”. It brilliantly illustrates the age-old problem of how men and women relate differently to each other. In Part 1 of the article on gender difference in marriage, connecting and sense of security was discussed. In short, men seem to feel more connected through activity than women and women more connected in conversation than men. Taking these ideas a step further, let’s look at how men and women differ in how they perceive, receive and experience emotion.Gender research has discovered that men and women experience emotion differently from birth. Infant girls can hold eye contact longer than baby boys and show more distress (fear) when left alone. Boys feel less pain and fear than girls, yet have hair-trigger propensity to hyper-arousal to any stimulation. An infant boy’s intermittent eye contact is believed to be his way to stay in contact without feeling overwhelmed. Studies show that parent gaze into the eyes of their little girls 50% more than little boys. A long gaze… Read full this story
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