Israeli scientists: women are more empathetic than men

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A recent study by scientists from the University of Haifa, Bar-Ilan University and the University of Cambridge has scientifically proven a common truth: women are more empathic than men.

It was attended by 305,736 people aged 16 to 70 years from 57 countries who took the RMET (test “Reading mind with the eyes” – measures the ability to identify internal emotional states by examining the area of ​​​​the eyes on the face), and filled out cognitive questionnaires.< br />
Researchers found that in 36 out of 57 countries, women were, on average, better at recognizing emotions than men, reflecting higher levels of empathy.

The largest gap between women and men was in Pakistan, followed by Nigeria, Greece and Poland. Israel ranked 41st out of 57 countries with the same gender gap as Brazil, China, Denmark and Sweden.

Scientists have also found a significant increase in empathic abilities in both women and men between the ages of 16 and 20, while there is a slight decrease in sensitivity in both sexes later in life.

&ldquo ;The results of our study show that women understand others better. says Haifa University professor Ahmad Abu-Akel.

The difference between women and men in terms of their ability to truly understand people has important implications in different social contexts, he says. This can relate to differences in the decision-making of companies, corporations and even governments that ensure gender equality, compared to bodies where there is a gender imbalance.

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