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Study Supports Gender Differences in Personality

Study Supports Gender Differences in PersonalityTwenty years ago American author and counselor John Gray wrote the best-selling Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Gray’s simplified thesis suggested common relationship problems between men and women are a result of fundamental differences between the genders.

Despite the book’s popular success, the issue of gender differences remains widely debated.

A new study by Italian researchers sought to provide a detailed review of real differences, and, if differences actually persist, then the extent to which the difference influence relationships.

Using new and more accurate methods to measure and analyze personality differences, investigators led by Marco Del Giudice, Ph.D., of the University of Turin found large differences in personality are common between men and women.

As part of the investigation, researcher administered personality tests to more than 10,000 people, approximately half men and half women. The personality assessment included 15 personality scales, including such traits as warmth, sensitivity, and perfectionism.

Significant differences between the sexes became apparent when investigators looked at multiple traits that make up a person’s overall personality profile. However, the differences looked smaller when each trait was considered separately.

Experts believe the study indicates that previous methods to measure such differences have been inadequate, both because they focused on one trait at a time and because they failed to correct for measurement error.

In the end, researchers conclude that the true extent of sex differences in human personality has been consistently underestimated — a finding that supports Gray’s provocative assertion.

The study is published in the online journal PLoS ONE.

Source: Public Library of Science

Study Supports Gender Differences in Personality

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Study Supports Gender Differences in Personality. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from
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