Study: Sex differences in personality underestimated

January 9, 2012 2:39:45 PM PST
If getting along with the opposite sex seems impossibly difficult, your gender may play a bigger role than you realize.

A study published in the online journal Public Library of Science One says sex differences in personality have been greatly underestimated.

Researchers used a new method to compare "multiple trait" personality profiles of 10,000 men and women -- instead of focusing on one trait at a time.

Women scored significantly higher for sensitivity, warmth and apprehension, while men rated higher in emotional stability, dominance and rule-consciousness, leaving each of us something of a stranger to the opposite sex.