Women Show More Empathy Than Men – Does that make you yawn?

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by

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Well, if you’re a woman, it probably does, actually. Not because you’re bored with the debate about differences twixt man and woman (you’re not, are you?), but because the research says so.

It’s been well known for some time that yawning is contagious. Someone next to you yawns and within a minute you’ll probably find yourself yawning too.

You’re more likely to catch a yawn from someone you know well, or from a relative rather than a stranger because of the empathy existing between you. Scientists have now done some research that seems to suggest that women are more likely to have this response than men.

Researchers quietly observed and analysed over 4,000 yawns on planes, trains, in restaurants, and in offices. They noted when someone yawned, and then if a nearby acquaintance or friend did the same within a 3-minute period. Men and women spontaneously yawned with about the same frequency.

But when someone else yawned first, women were more likely than men to follow suit. Women picked up yawns about 55% of the time, whereas men only did so 40% of the time. Women tend to score higher than men on tests of empathy, and traditional female social roles (like child-rearing) place a higher emphasis on those traits. The researchers suggest that might make women more susceptible to catching a yawn.

Apparently psychopaths don’t catch yawns because they are incapable of feeling empathy…

Who knew? The full report can be found at Royal Society for Open Science.

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So, transgender women cannot be feminists? I beg to differ.

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by

I have been puzzled by the debate on transgender women not being allowed to be ‘feminists’. I have truly tried to understand it, I honestly have. The argument seems to be that if you have not been born a woman an have spent part of your life as male, you cannot truly appreciate the oppression given to women, cannot understand the life experiences, and therefore, cannot truly be part of the sisterhood.

Is ******** a Dirty Word for Women?

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by

I notice often when coaching women, how reluctant they are to use the word ‘ambitious’. I also work with men from time to time and ‘ambition-shame’ rarely affects them.
Do you find did difficult to talk openly about your own ambitions and dreams? Have you lowered your sights?

A Diary Date for Speak Up

Posted on February 15th, 2016 by

Update on Jane’s plans to hold the first open Speak Up in 3 years. Read on for more information and details of how to reserve your place.

Women, You Are Not Allowed to be Loud. Did you know?

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by

It’s hard being a woman in the public eye. Speak Up and you’re ‘loud and aggressive, pushy’. Stay quiet, you’re going nowhere…

Do You Care About Your Age?

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by

It is an issue for everyone, but particularly so for women in industries where they are lauded for their looks and suffer so much when they age. As much as we haven’t learned to hear authority on women’s voices, we haven’t learned to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the older woman.

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