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As if we needed a research study for this one: men and women have significant personality differences. According to new research – from Italy no less where the differences between men and women have been celebrated and romanticized - the differences between men and women in fact exist, and they may be close to labeling all the different areas of personality characteristics.
The study involved over 10,000 individuals, split almost evenly along the gender lines. Researchers used a personality measurement to carry out tests that included 15 different scales. The scales included things like warmth, sensitivity and perfectionism and noted variations within the scales.
When the researchers compared the overall male and female personality profiles after adjusting for variables, they found differences between the sexes in each trait with strengths and weaknesses surfacing for each. Individually the differences were not particularly note worthy, but when all the differences were combined, they totaled an extremely large gap between the characteristic of the sexes.
This new test suggests that any tests before it were not recognizing all the differences and therefore were using flawed methodology. Previous tests have focused on one characteristic at a time rather than observing and measuring multiple characteristics simultaneously. It doesn’t appear that other tests have taken into account the adjustments needed for consideration of measurement errors.
These amazing Italian researchers, to their credit, have told us what we pretty much knew all along, there has been consistent underestimation of the true extent of differences in male and female personality traits. Their study continues and more data will be released at a later time.
Source: PLoS ONE, MedicalNewsToday
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