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Psychol Bull. 1997 Jul;122(1):38-44; discussion 51-5.

What do men want? Gender differences and two spheres of belongingness: comment on Cross and Madson (1997)

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Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7123, USA.


In response to S. E. Cross and L. Madson's (1997) suggestion that men's behaviors reflect a desire for independence and separateness, the authors propose that those same behaviors are designed to form connections with other people but in a broader social sphere. Women's sociality is oriented toward dyadic close relationships, whereas men's sociality is oriented toward a larger group. Gender differences in aggression, helping behavior, desire for power, uniqueness, self-representations, interpersonal behavior, and intimacy fit this view.

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