Differences in Gender Communication – Stereotyping

Differences in Gender Communication – Stereotyping Our genetic sex is determined at birth by factors out our control, yet being born either female or male is one of the most important characteristic of our lives. The most typical question asked about a newborn is generally “is it a boy or a girl,” and still today that is the first thing we notice when we meet someone new. Almost every official form that is filled out requires this information, whether we are female or male.

Physical appearance, dress, behaviour, and language provide some of the most important means of identifying ourselves daily to others as male or female. When we see a baby dressed in pink with a frilly bonnet, we conclude it must be a girl, or a baby with a jumper on, with a hockey emblem we assume it is a boy. Even though unisex fashions have made gender boundaries increasingly less rigid, gender is still one of the most visible human traits. A stereotype is when someone or something is characterized by a conventional opinion or image.

Some say that stereotypes are the number one cause of misinterpretations between both the men and women in the work place; this of course is true in larger work places where the employees do not have a chance to develop a close relationship with its other associates. Most stereotypes are expectations about emotional expressions as well as the emotional reactions of the people. Most of the studies today find that the emotional stereotypes along with the display of these emotions match up with these gender differences when experiencing both emotion and expression.

Stereotypes in the work place normally dictate how, by whom, and also when it is generally acceptable to display a certain emotion. Responding in a stereotype-consistent conduct may result in social approval with some people, or responding in a stereotype-inconsistent manner could result in disapproval with some people. In most cultures it varies what is socially acceptable in the work place, so you should be careful when moving from job to job. Women have a tendency to be reported to have a more intense and frequent experience of love and joy.

On the downbeat of feelings, women have more experience of humiliation, guiltiness, shame, sadness, anger, fear, and also distress. Women reported greater intensity of both positive and negative affect then men, experiencing pride was also more common and strong from men than it is with women. When coping with emotional situations, men and women also use different strategies to achieve their goals. Men usually try to distract themselves from dwelling on the emotions, while women are more likely to go into depression because of their tendency to dwell on the causes of negative emotions.

Women have larger affect intensity, and this tends to make women more, self referring, over generalizing, and lastly selective attention to emotional information, which may also lead to more strong emotional reactions. Also if there are a group of women standing around just talking, they have a tendency to “catch each other’s emotions,” which is referred to emotional contagion. Studies that have been done and they show that women are better at judging emotions behind nonverbal signs, even when the conditions are under the least incentive of minimal stimulus information.

Other studies show that non- verbal emotions from females happen more frequently and have more intensity than males do, just by looking at key features such as lips, eyes and the eyebrows. Relative to females have a lower frequency and intensity to emotions such as anger and irritation, while men have higher levels of these emotions. Out of the number of studies that have been done in the western cultures mainly in North America and Western Europe, most of this research showed that the sex diversity in expressing emotions usually tend to be greater in North America than in the other cultures.

Another study showed that when men and women communicate in an e-mail or similar type of communicating device they communicate differently depending on the type of topic, and whom the message was hypothetically for. An example being, a message intended for a woman written by a man regarding purses, or a message intended for men written by a female regarding fixing cars. When the other gender writes a message for the opposite gender they tended to use such words as “maybe,” “sort of,” and “probably. ” But topics that were unisex did not generally use these words, and they had more assertiveness when writing.

When there is a hypothetical conflict between one’s gender and the assumed gender of a subject, there usually is a bit of a hesitation. There are a lot of stereotypes about men and women, the women seem to have the longer list usually dealing with their emotions. Women are more obsessed with having children, while men are known to be more obsessed with sex. Women are more empathetic, while men restrain from expressing any of their feelings. Men typically express more anger then women, while women expect negative consequences for expressing anger and aggression.

Men tend to restrain from expressing any emotion at all, most times there very unemotional, while women are more sensitive to other’s feelings. Men show generally show emotion to communicate dominance between people in the work place. Women are more emotionally responsive, expressive, and pay more attention to others body language. Women use better judgment when trying to decode non verbal communication then men do. Men on the other hand get overwhelmed by women’s emotions and try to run when they see any sign of them. And one final example is those women tend to smile, look, or laugh more than men do.