Our traditional ideas about how people are “supposed” express emotions are often tied up with gender stereotypes. Since managing emotions is a key part of mental health for anyone of any gender, viewing emotions in terms of gender has consequences
The language we use to talk about gender makes a difference. Last year, for example, I wrote about a study showing that previously being exposed to gender-neutral language affects how likely people are to assume that a “specialist” is male.
If I tell you that a person is a specialist, does that person have to be male? The answer, of course, is no. “Specialist” is not a word with any gender connotation. Yet it turns out that many people associate
Even for young children, behaving in ways that don’t conform to traditional gender roles can result in a “backlash” of judgment from others. That’s the conclusion of a study published this month by researchers at Skidmore College. In the study,
Probably the most effective thing people can do to improve their mental health is, in fact, to seek help from mental health professionals. But many people who stand to gain a lot from seeking psychological help never do, or they
Gender stereotypes have a neural signature that shows up in the brain’s electrical activity, at least in certain situations. That’s according to a new study from neuroscientists at the University of Milano-Bicoccia in Milan, Italy. In the study, participants were
From lowering your risk for depression to raising your level of psychological wellbeing, self-compassion has been shown to have a powerful impact on mental health. And according to a new study, you can add “making men more open to seeking
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – right? We’re all aware of cultural gender stereotypes since before we can walk – from color choices, to fashion, to toys – many of these choices are made for us by