Research has shown that averagely women cry frequently and for a longer time than men.
This is possibly due to hormonal differences, as several studies have shown that certain sex hormones influence the way in which emotions are expressed.
Brody and Hall (2008) report that women generally smile, laugh, nod and use hand gestures more than men do. The only known exception to this rule is that men more frequently express anger.
Generally women tend to express their emotions more than men; although some research shows that this could also be cultural seeing that some culture promote certain expectations of femininity and masculinity.
Over time “Empirical evidence suggests that girls are more socialized to be emotionally inclined, little or no display of aggression, nurturing, and obedient, whereas boys are socialized to be quite unemotional, a bit more aggressive, achievement oriented, and self-reliant.
As a woman whether you are woman in Nigeria or the diaspora, the tendency of you coming across the popular phrase women are emotional, women over react is very high, because over time women have been put in a place (subconsciously), you also grow up hearing things like, you know women cry a lot, they feel more hurt and pain, you also hear things ” don’t you know she a girl ” so the average young females child is already conditioned by the society to accept the fact that women are more emotional than men
A recent study from Scientific Reports looks at sex and ovarian hormones’ influences on volatility, emotional inertia, and cyclicity. For 75 days, the team followed 142 men and women to observe their regular emotions. One group of the women were naturally cycling, while the other three groups of women took oral contraceptives.
At the study’s end, researchers found that male participants’ emotions fluctuated as much as women’s did. In addition, women taking oral contraceptives didn’t have significantly different changes in their emotional range than the women naturally cycling.
These results represent a significant difference from how emotional expressions are typically viewed between different the two genders. “Traditional and rigid gender roles instill in our patriarchal society depict men as ‘unemotional’ and women as ‘emotional.’
Women also experience moods swings caused by hormones fluctuations and this further makes them experience more emotions..
There is a saying that women experience different emotions at different times of the month and different hormonal imbalances can cause this, from menstrual, pregnancy, menopause, puberty to ill health, psychological.
So I would say that there are women who have taking their stands and expressed emotional strength when needed. Through the eyes of research we can see that different factors contribute to how women express their emotions and feelings.
Some of those factors are hormonal, traditional, society, stress, which affects their overall psychological wellbeing.
Faith Abiodun is an Oyo based Mental Health and Addiction Counsellor.