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The Difference between Male & Female Thought Patterns

Thought Patterns: a question of gender?

Psychologists tell us that stress affects women and men differently because they do not think alike. Women tend to develop psychological problems such as depression, memory lapse, and headaches. Men, on the other hand, are more prone to develop high blood pressure, heart conditions, and conditions from alcohol abuse.

In your opinion, do men and women think differently? Why or why not?

Support your answers by referring to the points of view from the lesson presentation and examples from your own personal experiences.

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Men & Women Thought Patterns

Human cognition, psychologists will argue follow the same pattern. In psychoanalysis based on the work of Freud, Klein and Winnicott, one can argue further that the inner psychic reality of men and women are influenced in a similar manner process-wise. Via exposure to events and via the struggle for independence and the need for inner mental and emotional balance - men and women look at the world similarly. However, feminists and gender specialists look at this issue differently. Lacan for instance purposed that men being born in said gender seek to inhibit the 'phallic center' of social hierarchy - meaning the symbolic cultural interpretation or representation of power in any social organization. This is true in a patriarchy for men are always leading and occupying central roles of wider social importance. Women according to Lacan are said to identify their place and identity in the social structure by looking at their 'otherness' - lacking the 'phallic capability' but struggling as well to find a sense of balance. Identity and knowledge of self is formed based on differentiations - men are this, women are this - a comparative inquiry of what is and what is not, what the other sex has and hasn't and ...

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The solution is a 1,002-word essay discussing the way men and women think by looking into thought patterns to answer the question of gender influence/affect on the way men and women think. Using published studies,articles & popular culture (from web & print), the solution is written so as to allow students to expand on the information provided. Citations included. References are also listed. The solution follows the APA format; a word version is attached for easy printing.