First, I should note I’m not trying to make any ignorant statement like AWALT (All Women Are Like That). It’s obvious that people of both sexes vary tremendously in character.
I’ve already talked about how there are more male criminals, more male white nationalists, more male savants, and more men with autism. It seems like males are more prone to having “extreme” psychological traits in general than women.
It’s a fact that there is more variation in intelligence between men than between women. Neither sex on the whole is smarter than the other (though on average women seem slightly more intelligent to me), but there are more male geniuses, as well as more male idiots.
It’s also been shown that female brains have more in common with each other in terms of structure than male brains do. Since personality is largely determined by the brain, would it be a stretch to say this also means that female personalities tend to cluster around the norm moreso than male personalities?
Some casual observations of society seem to suggest this. For example, most pop music fans and adherents of fashion are women. On the other hand “fringey” interests such as punk, heavy metal, conspiracy theories, and drug use tend to be dominated by men. Women are also somewhat more likely to be religious. This seems to suggest that women tend closer to the “mean” of human personality traits.
I also notice how we tend to use the word “eccentric” to describe an unusual man, but “quirky” (a much less strong word, imo, that implies only slight weirdness) to describe an unusual woman.
In my experience most women are well-adjusted, balanced, kind, and orthodox, even if they vary greatly in terms of things like political views, religious beliefs or taste in music. The vast majority of them are maternal towards children, animals, and the elderly. Most of them are interested in social justice to some degree. Perhaps 5-10% fall outside of these general norms.
Men on the other hand, I couldn’t make any generalizations about based on my experiences, except perhaps the fact that most men are into sports and think about sex a lot. Some men are nice, some are assholes, some are well-adjusted, many are not, some are pretty “normal”, others are different or downright strange.
Most “weirdos” of all kinds seem to be men, and even though women are probably more tolerant of other cultures and viewpoints, they seem less tolerant of oddness in individuals.
Is there any evidence to back these thoughts up? Are women more likely to cluster into the more common Myers-Briggs types, for example? Or am I totally wrong?
I wonder if (assuming it’s true) a greater variance of male personality types could partially explain why history as we tell it is primarily a story of men. After all, it’s the weirdos, psychopaths, and geniuses that change the course of world events, not so much “normal” people who are well adjusted to society.
I hope this doesn’t come off as sexist towards either gender, because I’m only asking for people’s insights.