It is a fact: Men around the world cry significantly less than women and when they do cry it is for shorter periods. The primary contributing factors are both social and biological. Ad Vingerhoets, a psychologist at Tilburg University in Holland, says that men possess less of the hormone that enables humans to cry.
A super majority of women have revealed that they wished their male partners would show more emotion. For many, it is a sign of strength and self confidence and could actually strengthen their relationship. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says, “I think men in general need to show emotion. I think there’s a misconception that as men we shouldn’t show emotion. And, I think that’s wrong. I think we need to show emotion, whether it’s at a movie if you want to cry if it’s funny, if it’s sad. If you want to be around your wife or your girlfriend, just because you cry doesn’t mean you’re any less manly. I think that that’s a false narrative.” Roethlisberger says he has cried in the locker room from both joy and pain.
Research suggests that men weep at the same types of emotional triggers as women do. Studies suggest that women cry between 30 and 64 times per year while men well up between 6 and 17 times annually. And, when men do cry, they turn off the tear tap much quicker than women lasting just 2 to 3 minutes per episode versus 6 minutes for women.
Interesting note: Until puberty, accompanied by a hormonal onslaught, both sexes cry about equally.
Source: Gary R’nel
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