How are you feeling?

Earlier tonight I was talking with my wife and I had an epiphany.

I, like everyone else, have of course heard the old stereotype that men are more logical and ladies are more emotional.

Although I have seen the reverse of this true on more than one ocassion, most people I know, of both sexes, would agree with it. So, maybe my epiphany is unique to me and everyone else recognized this long ago.

While talking with my wife this evening I realized that she thinks about her feelings quite often. She will often analyze in great detail how and what she is feeling.

I on the other hand, don’t think about how I’m feeling at all. Not a bit. If I’m sad, I’m sad. Happy, I’m happy. I don’t think about it at all. Nope. Not at all. I of course want to know the reason, but that is a bit different, finding the cause is not the same (to me) as contemplating the emotions themselves.

Of course I ponder why I think about things, and I don’t think my wife really does that as much. Metacognition. Thinking about thinking. I sometimes get hung up on why I have my hang ups. Or will get lost in the meaning of why I thought a certain thing at a certain time.

Of course this all could be because I’m thinking about thinking at 2:00 A.M.

Anyway, I would love to know what you think. Does my hypothesis that women think more about feelings (their own and others) while men think more about thinking (maybe including the reasons, but not necessarily wishing they could go back and change things) ring true to you?

~ by odin1eye on 25 April, 2009.

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