The Differences Between Men And Women Transgressions

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In the myriad of ways that men and women are comparable, it is also a fact that there are variances between them. One of these differences is the frequency in which women apologize for their transgressions. Dr. Karina Schumann and Michael Ross of the University of Waterloo conducted a research that consisted of two studies that examined if women did in fact apologize more than men and if gender played a role in what is considered an offensive act. For the first study, 66 participants were asked to keep a daily journal of offenses they had committed or someone had perpetrated against them and if whether or not they had offered an apology or an apology was given to them. In the second study, 120 participants were told to rate the severity of …show more content…
The research completed by Karina Schumann, Ph. D. does not automatically assume that women are to blame for their actions, she assumes that there is more to the quandary than just anatomy. In taking such approach, Dr. Schumann can have a broader view of what makes such differences between males and females. Nevertheless, not everything can be perfect, there are still biases that might be lingering in the research, such as a pattern of behavior. Attempting to control an action that people commit on daily basis, especially offending someone, is an arduous undertaking and therefore it cannot be measured properly. daily diary studies enable the documentation of offenses and apologies as they occur in everyday life, but they introduce the problem of participants changing their behavior as a result of being in the study. For example, following their first diary entry, participants in Studies 1 and 6 may have paid more attention to their own behavior, altering it to commit fewer offensive actions or apologize for more of their …show more content…
Occasionally, men may be more sensitive to offenses that violate honor, such as insults or aggression toward family or inappropriate advances toward a romantic partner Although it is likely that men would be offended to a greater degree by these types of offenses, it is unclear whether men would be more likely to apologize for them. If they were more likely, this research would provide further evidence for the importance of including severity thresholds in our understanding of gender differences in apology behavior. Another clarification for future research, the downstream consequences of gender differences in apology behavior should be considered. Meaning, do women interpret the absence of an apology when they have perceived an offense, and if their interpretations differ according to the gender of their transgressor. Also, if men interpret the presence of an apology when they haven’t perceived an offense, and if their interpretations differ according to the gender of their

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