Saturday, January 26, 2008
IQ - Why do Men Think They are Smarter?
A number of studies have shown that "men" think they are better looking than they really are and "women" often underestimate their good looks, thinking they are less attractive. It should come as no surprise that the same holds true when it comes to intelligence.
Adrian Furnham, a professor of psychology at University College London, reported that men and women have fairly equal IQ's but men think they are smarter than they really are and women underestimate their own brain power. In 30 international studies, the men overstated their intelligence and women underplayed it. This happens in Japan, Argentina, Britain, Zimbabwe and America. What is going on here?
Another interesting fact is that both men and women think their sons are smarter than their daughters. So those perceptions are passed on to the kids and keep the myth going.
Women in the workplace talk about this all the time. Men are so confident about their abilities and they think they are capable of anything. They speak forcefully, can dominate the discussion and are often looked to as the experts...even when the women in the room are smarter and have better track records. The most assertive female is often seen as aggressive, yet if you compare styles, she is likely less dominant than the males in the room.
Confidence and self-belief may be what propels men forward. It doesn't hurt to think you are better looking than you really are too.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 10:12 AM