Here’s an engineer’s take on the difference between men and women. I consider myself qualified for this perspective because I’ve been married for 20 years and I have a 14 year old daughter, so, although I’m a man, I have some experience with both sides of the gender coin (that sounds weird, but I’m going to press on).
While both men and women have moods, women are often described as being more emotional. Here is my explanation for this apparent difference.
Let’s consider the sine wave shown in the figure. We can define both the amplitude (or height) and wavelength (or the time to complete one cycle).
My argument is that the amplitudes of both men’s and women’s emotions are similar, but their wavelengths are very different. [I realize I’m generalizing and there are exceptions to every rule. I’m just making an observation.] The wavelength for women can be measured in hours and days, while it is months or years for men. Due to the shorter wavelength (higher frequency), the peaks and valleys occur closer together for women and they seem more emotional. Men are just as moody; it just takes more time for a cycle to complete (lower frequency). In the following figure, the blue represents a women’s emotions, while the red denotes a man’s.
Wavelength. It describes everything!
If you’d like to learn how to control your moods, rather than letting your moods control you, check out the Elevation Church sermon series Moodswingers.