Agreeableness And CAPABILITY TO Empathize

A study by Daniel Nettle at the University of Newcastle in the UK found that on a questionnaire of personality differences, women rated significantly higher than men on scales measuring empathy. Furthermore, this study suggests that empathy could be considered a kind of agreeableness. When theorizing on the origins of the sex difference, the researcher hypothesizes that for the ancestors, the opportunity to create and keep maintaining social alliances might have been relatively more very important to women than for men as a way to help ensure the survival of these offspring. In today’s world, that means men could find women that are extroverted, agreeable and highly empathic more desirable than women who exhibit these traits to a smaller degree.

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