SOURCE: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0029265ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2012) — Men and women have large differences in personality, according to a new study published Jan. 4 in the online journal PLoS ONE.
The existence of such differences, and their extent, has been a subject of much debate, but the authors of the new report, led by Marco Del Giudice of the University of Turin in Italy, describe a new method for measuring and analyzing personality differences that they argue is more accurate than previous methods.
The researchers used personality measurements from more than 10,000 people, approximately half men and half women. The personality test included 15 personality scales, including such traits as warmth, sensitivity, and perfectionism. When comparing men's and women's overall personality profiles, which take multiple traits into account, very large differences between the sexes became apparent, even though differences look much smaller when each trait is considered separately.
However, the study indicates that previous methods to measure such differences have been inadequate, both because they focused on one trait at a time and because they failed to correct for measurement error.
The authors conclude that the true extent of sex differences in human personality has therefore been consistently underestimated.
It makes a good deal of sense (and a great deal of common sense to anyone ever envolved in a heterosexual relationship) that both natural and sexual selection pressures have forged very different brains among the sexes.
The Conclusion were drawn from the results of the 16 Pesonality Factor Biometric (16PF) test, and I'm interested to see if there is an obvious sexual dichotomy among the membership here.
I searched (cursory) through the Catacombs for duplication to no avail. If I have in fact duplicated a thread, then please let me know.
http://similarminds.com/cattell-16-factor.html (85 Questions)
Warmth ||||||||| 30%
Intellect |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Emotional Stability ||||||||||||||| 50%
Aggressiveness |||||||||||| 34%
Liveliness |||||||||||| 38%
Dutifulness ||||||||||||||| 46%
Social Assertiveness ||||||||| 22%
Sensitivity |||||||||||| 38%
Paranoia ||||||||||||||||||||| 70%
Abstractness |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Introversion ||||||||||||||||||||| 70%
Anxiety ||||||||||||||| 50%
Openmindedness |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 82%
Independence |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Perfectionism |||||||||||| 38%
Tension ||||||||||||||| 50%