Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide - Hector A. Garcia 2019
Empathy Differences between Females and Males
Is Conservatism an Extreme form of The Male Brain?
One corollary of mindreading is the capacity for empathy, to feel what another person is feeling. While women leading men in this capacity is an intuitive assumption, it is one with the backing of empirical research. Research finds that women show more comforting behaviors than men, even to strangers; share emotional distress with their friends more than men; and that girls from one years of age show more empathy to others’ suffering than boys—through sad looks, comforting gestures, and making more sympathetic vocalizations.21 More directly, women score higher than men on questionnaires specifically designed to measure empathy.22 In people with autism, the ability to experience empathy is usually impaired.23