Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender

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Sex Differences in Emotion

  • Tara Emmers-SommerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59531-3_50-1



The purpose of this chapter is to examine emotion and its various components as related to sex and gender. In doing so, similarities as well as differences are addressed particular to emotion. Aspects of measurement are addressed in addition to how variables such as gender are conceptualized and operationalized in the extant literature.

In an article addressing sex differences and emotion published in Psychology Today (April 10, 2015), Professor David Schmitt forwards:

Are women more emotional than men? Maybe. Men could be described as more emotional than women, too. It depends on the type of emotion, how it is measured, where it is expressed, and lots of other factors. It is also important when answering that type of question not to dichotomize sex differences as necessarily being either “entirely absent” (i.e., gender blank slate-ism) or so large that men and women “can’t relate to one another” (i.e., the old Mars versus Venus...

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  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA