Men - Women - the health outcomes of keeping feelings to yourself

Some fascinating facts about the art of ‘feeling’ and how men and women vary in this area:

A study of almost 4,000 women and men found that during spousal arguments, nearly a third of men and a quarter of women said that they usually kept their feelings inside during an argument (Parker-Pope 2007).

Such behaviour, called self-silencing, had particularly harsh effects on women; women who kept their feelings to themselves during marital arguments were four times as likely to die during the 10-year span of the research compared to women who said that they always expressed their feelings.

Men’s health was not measurably affected by whether they did or didn’t express themselves during a fight.

Learning to be tolerant of one another’s uniqueness is critical in dealing with conflict and managing successful relationships and indeed, your own health and wellbeing.

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