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From Hollywood movies to romantic novels to the workplace, women have long been seen as more emotional than men.

It has meant having to battle perceptions about being on an emotional rollercoaster and prone to mood swings and tears – often with the dismissal it is because it’s the ‘time of the month’.

But a study shows that in reality women have no more emotional ups and downs than men. 

Researchers followed 142 men and women over two months and got them to complete a daily questionnaire.

A study shows that in reality women have no more emotional ups and downs than men. Researchers followed 142 men and women over two months

A study shows that in reality women have no more emotional ups and downs than men. Researchers followed 142 men and women over two months

A study shows that in reality women have no more emotional ups and downs than men. Researchers followed 142 men and women over two months

They rated their levels of positive emotion – such as excitement and determination – and negative emotion, including being upset or irritable. 

Across the 75 days men’s emotions varied just as much as women’s, and their positive feelings may even have varied more.

To see if women’s hormones affected their mood swings, the study compared those on the Pill – known to reduce hormonal fluctuations – with those not taking it, and again found no major differences.

Michigan University’s Adriene Beltz, senior author of the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, said: ‘There is evidence many factors beyond hormones can affect people’s emotions, including a lack of sleep, interactions with others, winter weather, their team losing at sports or having watched a sad film.

‘A man whose emotions fluctuate during a sporting event is described as passionate, but a woman is considered irrational. Everyone’s emotions go up and down.’

It has meant having to battle perceptions about being on an emotional rollercoaster and prone to mood swings and tears ¿ often with the dismissal it is because it¿s the ¿time of the month¿

It has meant having to battle perceptions about being on an emotional rollercoaster and prone to mood swings and tears ¿ often with the dismissal it is because it¿s the ¿time of the month¿

It has meant having to battle perceptions about being on an emotional rollercoaster and prone to mood swings and tears – often with the dismissal it is because it’s the ‘time of the month’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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