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Do men and women believe different things ?

Posted on Thursday, 27 September, 2012 | Comment icon 35 comments | News tip by: notoverrated

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New research has indicated that belief in various paranormal topics differs between men and women.

While both genders tend to believe in paranormal topics the key difference is in which ones. Teacher and researcher Kylie Sturgess found that women were more likely to believe in astrology, psychics and ghosts whereas men are more predisposed to believe in aliens, cryptozoological creatures and conspiracy theories.

"Women are more likely to be at the 'social' end of paranormal beliefs," said Sturgess. "They're more likely to believe in things like mediums, astrology, psychic healing, and ghosts. Men, for instance, are more likely than women to believe in the alien astronaut theories of Erich von Daniken, and more cryptozoological things like the Loch Ness monster."

"Studies have also shown that men are also more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, creationism and the notions of historical revisionists, while women are more likely to believe in telepathy and New Age theories."

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Comment icon #26 Posted by White Unicorn on 29 September, 2012, 0:25
Any neurologist can tell you the effects that sex hormones have on the development and perceptions of the human brain. I think women in general are naturally more empathetic than most men and this is a plus to picking up on ghost type things. Makes sense to me they would believe in ghosts more than most men. Personal experiences is what really counts for it to become a belief whether a man or woman ...alien or ghost. My philosophy in unexplained experiences is to let the feeling side of it guide you to sceptical analyze the "nuts and bolts" the experience in different ways. Empathy... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Magiclass on 11 October, 2012, 13:12
The problem with that is according to this I am a bloke! While in actual fact I'm a woman! Which means most of my friends are blokes, and they are women too!
Comment icon #28 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 October, 2012, 13:26
Cheers for clearing that up, your username makes more sense to me now. Wasn't sure if it was Magic Lass, Magical Ass (Magicl-Ass) or Magic Class (MagiClass). A belated welcome to UM you Magical Lass...
Comment icon #29 Posted by starchild1976 on 12 December, 2012, 3:55
Women are not more likely to cry, get hysterical and stomp their feet. Some non hysterical..less hormonal women also see ghosts or have "dreams" and insights. There is no such thing as a typical. It is how the sensitive is treated by their parents in light of their sensitivity and how well the child can cope with the parent's perception of said child's sensitivity which counts more in behavior development. As far as men believing in aliens more than women and so forth how do you know this is true? Have you met them all and lined them up and ask?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Jmknz on 5 January, 2013, 16:39
I believe that there are infinite numbers and forms of life or being in the universe (or "multiverse") than our physical minds could ever imagine!
Comment icon #31 Posted by Reann on 7 January, 2013, 14:58
a mystery indeed!!!
Comment icon #32 Posted by Ryn on 7 January, 2013, 16:21
Comment icon #33 Posted by Reann on 7 January, 2013, 16:22
to that,
Comment icon #34 Posted by Blueogre2 on 26 January, 2013, 0:20
Personally I don't see why we even need to make a dividing line between ghosts and aliens, I don't believe in either but I do think that spirits can appear to us as either one. In short it really does not matter if men see aliens or if women see ghosts, its all about spirits playing their tricks

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