Men burst into tears an average of nine times in 2007 while women cried on 33 occasions, according to an internet poll in the May issue of Psychologie Magazine, reports ANP news service today.
This is significant because research shows young boys are more likely to cry than girls, the magazine says. ‘The way they are brought up and the influence of male hormones appears to make it harder for men to cry,’ it concludes.
Of the 800 people polled, 65% said the last time they cried was because they were sad, 38% said powerlessness was the reason and 26% said they were touched by something.
Women are more likely to cry out of rage, fear and disappointment than men, the poll showed. The magazine said that this may be because men are more likely to become aggressive when frustrated or faced with a situation they could not influence.
But men do have a soft side. The poll showed that they are more likely than women to cry tears of joy or to cry at a poignant situation.
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