Gender Differences In Emotion

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Emotions are the ways we express ourselves. Emotions are something we have all experienced. There are many different emotions and reasons why we have them. Children show emotions more often and even more vividly then adults. "Emotions pose an interesting problem for young language learners because they refer, in part, to unobservable internal feeling states"(Cervantes & Callanan, 1998 pg.88). The ability to show emotions starts to some extent with young babies. Children's emotions begin to develop more as they get older.
Children learn from our society the standards which have been set regarding the types of emotions which are suitable for each gender (Cervantes & Callanan, 1998 pg.89). Boys are lead to... View More »

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Casey (1993) concludes girls talk more frequently and openly about emotions they experience (pg. 126-7). They seem to be more concerned with social context and regulate social aspects of their emotions by adding more acceptable expressions to their emotions. Certain negative emotions are considered taboo for some children in their social groups. Girls seem to be more involved with social-monitoring than boys, being more concerned with what their peers may think or say about the emotions they express. Social monitoring is related to social expectations. Girls are more concerned about the way they act, in fear of deviating from the social expectations set for them by society. "In addition, boys and girls have different expectations about how their genuine displays of emotion will be responded to by adults" (Banerjee, 1997 pg.126). Boys expect disappointment from adults7 when expressing sadness or hurt. Girls on the other hand expect disappointment from adults when showing anger. Both bays and girls hid their emotions when disappointed or discouraged. Society expects girls show more
control over their emotions. These kinds of stereotypes, about emotions, lead children believe they are expected to act specific ways.
Davis (1995) stated people believe there is a biological basis for the way girls and boys act in reference to their emotions (pg. 665). "The biosocial interactionist view suggests that perhaps biological differences in male and female individuals interact with factors in the social environment leading to gender differences" (Davis, 1995 pg. ...

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