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Brilliant Psychology by Louise Deacon

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The psychology of men and women

Nature has equipped men and women with different bodies, but do we have different minds? The idea that ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ is a popular one and some psychologists believe there are innate differences between the sexes. But the topic is highly controversial.

What are women good at?

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen believes that, on average, women are better at empathising than men. So they have superior skills in both:

  • cognitive empathy: the ability to ‘read’ the minds of others
  • affective empathy: the ability to feel the appropriate emotion in response to others.

Baron-Cohen believes this ability to tune into other people’s ...

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