Why women interact socially better than men

August 15th, 2008 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 15 (IANS) Women have higher emotional intelligence than men. That is why they perform better in several areas of social interaction and have a higher sense of well-being and satisfaction, according to a study. The study, conducted by Kuwait University psychology professor Othman Al-Khudher and colleague Huda Al-Fadhli, found that women perform better in many related areas than their male counterparts.

Rather than prove a cause and effect relationship between emotional intelligence and overall performance, the study managed to prove a relation between the two, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

According to the study, the brain’s limbic system is bigger in women than in men, which suggests an explanation of higher evolvement to do with management of and acting upon emotionally charged intelligence and data.

The limbic system is a set of brain structures that support a variety of functions, including emotion, behaviour and long-term memory. The term limbic comes from the word Latin word limbus, which means border or belt.

Other parameters affected by this relationship include type and strength of character, strength and scope of an individual’s social relationships and interaction within and beyond the family setting, physical and psychological health, academic and professional success, and the balance between the demands of home and office.

The new study examined 109 male and 108 female students at the university.

A previous study in the university had shown that women have significantly higher degrees of emotional perception and sensitivity than men.

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