Is It True That Men Are More Creative Than Women?

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Men and women are both alike and different in very many ways. The physiological make up that steers us makes our systems dynamic from our hormones, brain structure to our reproductive contributions. Therefore, there is a difference between male and female creativity. According to research done in the past, men are considered to be more creative than men. Even women themselves think men are more creative. When people think about “creative thinking,” they tend to associate it with masculine qualities like competitiveness, boldness, risk-taking, daring and ambition than with stereotypically feminine traits like understanding, support to others and co-operation. 

Perhaps the challenge exists in how people define creativity. It is possible that in its perception, there are gender differences as well, meaning that gender has influenced how creativity is researched. Until recently, it was men who wrote on creativity. Influenced by their brain makeup, they defined it according to their perception.

Research shows that men and women use their brains differently due to different brain structure and wiring. This means that our vision, hearing, emotion, memory, and stress reactions are different. Male brains tend to focus on far-away targets excluding other surrounding stimuli. That is how our forefathers went after prey. They tracked it, captured it, and then owned it. Early creativity researchers acted similarly. To master the creativity phenomenon (the target), made tests to support their hypothesis, and then provided evidence of its existence. The female brain, on the other hand, perceives by reading visual cues and gestalt concrete awareness. As did our foremothers, they scope a broad view of their scenery while keeping their immediate context in keen awareness. That’s how they watched their children, collected nuts and berries while looking out for lurking potential harm all at the same time. The structure of the female brain allows them the ability to multitask, and for a good reason.

Over the centuries, women’s knowledge was downgraded to tales and fluff because it was different and couldn’t be perceived or understood by men. The male brain is challenged to understand what a woman is saying. Therefore, men’s naturally abstract way of thinking influenced what is accepted as the right. Today, as more women are indulging in the research field, men are beginning to understand the value of a woman’s knowledge. Still, for this knowledge to be recognized as valuable, it would take a man to identify it are real intelligence.

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It is possible that research methods do not get this uniqueness. There is a difference in male and female creativity, but one should not be considered superior to the other. Both are valuable, complimentary and worthy. Men and women perceive the world differently, we should therefore not expect their creativity to be same or place one as better than the other.