Gender Stereotypes Affecting Emotional Reactivity

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It is important to take into account the role of gender when considering emotional reactivity. There are many stereotypes surrounding males and females and emotional reactions, with the long standing idea being that women are perhaps more emotional than men, or have stronger reactions to positive or upsetting scenarios, while men would have stronger reactions to anger evoking emotions. In recent years, research has sought to challenge these stereotypes. Hess et al (2000) assessed emotional expressiveness in males and females across hypothetical situations. Participants were asked how they believed men and women would react in said hypothetical situation, followed by being asked how they themselves would react in the same event. Surprisingly,
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