The feeling of guilt more often affects women?Is it true?

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ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not aware of well founded studies that support this hypothesis, but if there are studies out there that have proven this, those studies should indicate why. If I were to make a prediction, I would say, that in many of today’s society men are still considered the providers while women are the care givers. Add to this the number of women who choose or need to work outside the home and the conflict they might have with the expectation of being a wife, mother, and homemaker, and it might cause feelings of guilt. Much like the feelings of guilt that some men feel when they become unemployed and their wives have to work.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that research which reflects a predisposition towards guilt might have some credibility.  Yet, I think there is a danger in suggesting that the issue of guilt is gender based.  The reason I believe this is that assigning guilt on the basis of gender precludes the experiences on had as a child in the formative years which cut across gender lines to impact all human beings.  The code of ethics or values that one experienced as a youth and helping to carve out adult identity do not necessarily have to be gender assigned.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Stereotypically women are more prone to guilt, but guilt can certainly be found in both genders. Women tend to be more nurturing, and this may lead them to feel more guilt. However, I think that it is a personality issue in either gender, as well as a cultural predisposition.
lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have not seen any studies that have shown guilt is more prominent in one gender or the other. I would think that the feeling of guilt would depend more upon the values of the individual as opposed to their gender.

versatilekamini | Student

If you’re feeling sad, guilty, tired, and just generally “down in the dumps,” you may be suffering from major depression. But the good news is that depression is treatable, and the more you understand about depression’s particular implications for and impact on women, the more equipped you will be to tackle the condition head on.

Major depression and dysthymia affect twice as many women as men. This two-to-one ratio exists regardless of racial and ethnic background or economic status. The same ratio has been reported in eleven other countries all over the world. Men and women have about the same rate of bipolar disorder (manic depression), though its course in women typically has more depressive and fewer manic episodes. Also, a greater number of women have the rapid cycling form of bipolar disorder, which may be more resistant to standard treatments.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Unlike men, women fall, more often,into the feeling of guilt, according to a study by Spanish researchers from the University of Basque.

Scientists have reached this conclusion after putting 300 volunteers, half men and half women, aged between 15 and 30 years, in hypothetical situations, such as the fact that they forgot to visit a sick relative to hospital, or other similar hypostasis. The research results showed that study participants who were overwhelmed by feelings of guilt were women.

The feeling of guilt has adverse effects on the body, it weakens the immune system. Experts have found that people who felt guilty for thatthey have lied, have had a lower antibody levels compared with subjects who felt totally innocent.


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