Men and women are different in many ways. Among the differences are the ways that men and women behave. According to the University of Pennsylvania, men and women express their emotions in different ways, which can result in different behaviour. Women might find that men are difficult to understand or figure out, but there are ways to understand men and decode their behaviour.
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Observe men's behaviour. Understanding and decoding behaviour requires observation. Watch the way that men react to different situations. Student Soojin Susan Oh, from the University of Pennsylvania, worked on a study of men and women and the ways their facial expressions differed for various statements. She had students say something sad, happy and neutral and found that men are generally less expressive in their faces than women. This means women need to pay more attention to slight changes in men's facial expressions.
Ask questions. According to Dr. Alon Gratch, men talk, but they need a little time to get started. The problem is not that men are unable to communicate, but rather that men communicate through action instead of words. Dr. Gratch points out that men need a little help to start communicating verbally.
Avoid making assumptions. Assumptions like "Men are not empathetic" or "Men can't understand" are not accurate. According to We Women Today, men are empathetic, but they try to fix the problem rather than focus on talking about it.
Expect differences. Men and women are different, and one way to decode a man's behaviour is to expect different behaviour. For example, men are generally more possessive and territorial than women, and men do not talk much about emotions without prompting. Expect the differences and work through them patiently.
Tips and warnings
- Every individual is different, so some men might need more prodding than others to get talking.
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