Apology psychology: Breaking gender stereotypes leads to more effective communication
Not all apologies are the same, and it can help to be more deliberate about the language that you're using and the content in your apology. Read what the researchers have to say.
Looks matter - Handsome bank CEOs can earn a million more than their less attractive colleagues
Can the beauty premium of executive men and women be explained?
'I'll sleep when I'm dead': The sleep-deprived masculinity stereotype
The average American sleeps less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep per night, and nearly half of Americans report negative consequences from insufficient sleep. A cultural complication is the notion that getting less than the recommended amount of sleep signals something positive about an individual.
Toxic masculinity is unsafe...for men
The idea of the toxic “real man” is actually quite new in historical terms, beginning with the myth of the self-sufficient American cowboy. The belief that “real men” must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life.
Effective ways to include people with disabilities in the workplace
Since the advent of farming, humans have not been good at looking after the disabled members of their society. Yet our hunter-gatherer ancestors and even the Neanderthals regarded all members of their small bands as precious. Only in comparatively recent times have we as a society seen fit to make allowance for disability.
Unemployment encourages men to try traditionally female-dominated work
Unemployment significantly increases the odds of men entering jobs traditionally performed by women. And, notably, some men find real job advantages as a result. The world labor market has been undergoing significant changes for decades, and some traditionally male-dominated work sectors have been shrinking. Accordingly, many men in these fields risk fewer job opportunities and frequent layoffs. Not surprisingly, male labor force participation rates have been declining.
Women are beautiful, men rational
Men are typically described by words that refer to behavior, while adjectives ascribed to women tend to be associated with physical appearance. New research helps us to see how unconscious bias actually works.
Psychology, and psychometrics suffer from WEIRD science.
For decades, the consensus among psychologists (and those who frame psychometric tests) was that a cluster of five personality traits openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion and neuroticism —or a slight variation thereof—universally defines the structure of human personality. However, when the team behind this research studied the Tsimane, an isolated indigenous population in the Bolivian Amazon, they found not five broad dimensions of personality, but two—prosociality and industriousness. Perhaps the Big Five aren’t so universal after all.
What's in the “man box?” Increased violence & suicidal thoughts
An Australian study involving 1000 men aged 18 to 30 has found those who conform to traditional definitions of manhood—dubbed being in “the man box”—are twice as likely to consider suicide and seven times more likely to be violent towards others.
Muscular men prefer an unequal society.
Men with large upper-bodies have a tendency to favor inequality in society and a limited redistribution of resources. This is the conclusion of a study published in the journal, Political Psychology.
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