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Are women naturally worriers?

By Anonymous October 26, 2008 - 2:46pm
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Why is it that men tend to not worry as much as women do? Women worry about everything. Is this an actual condition that could be associated with disease or have some adverse health effects? If it does, what can we do about it?

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I wonder if it's also a product of the fact that we're wired differently. Studies have shown that men tend to think more linearly and women tend to think about things as related to other things. For instance, in a household where someone has lost a job, the man might go down the list -- job, loss of salary, bills, need a new job, find a new job. That's pretty cut and dried, but it's action-oriented. Whereas the woman most likely won't stop there if she's also thinking about tuition, groceries, how the cell phone bill just went up, what the kids need at the mall this weekend for school, and so on. I wonder if we multi-task worry like we multi-task other things, and so it just seems like we worry more.

In my family growing up, both my mom and dad worried but I think only my mom did it out loud. I think my dad internalized it. If we were late getting home at night, my mom would have worried out loud and then be relieved when we finally got there, but it would be my dad who would be furious with us because he'd been so (silently) worried that it was eating him up inside.

Interesting question. Maybe there's also a genetic property that makes one more susceptible to worry, since more women have anxiety disorders. And this page says that (of course) hormonal issues affect anxiety:


And here's a story on men, women and anxiety disorders:


October 27, 2008 - 9:01am

All sterotypically speaking , of course:
I'm not sure why women tend to worry more, or if they are just more vocal about them. I believe men have plenty of worries, but they may just be different types of "worries" that are not expressed to just anyone.

As far as adverse effects, it is true that women are diagnosed with almost twice as many mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety. Chronic worrying, especially about things that are beyond one's control to change, can lead to chronic stress in and on the body. We've all heard about the consequences of chronic stress, including everything from depression and anxiety disorders to heart disease.

The same consequences can seen in men who worry and do not outwardly share their stresses and concern.

I would be interested in reading some research that talks about the psychology between the sexes: is their a personality type or gender that worries more (or, one that just expresses it more)?

October 26, 2008 - 7:24pm
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