Interesting , if most of the changes are due to men then maybe, (humor me) just maybe the feminist movement has got it all wrong, its the men who have been forced to assume a not so normal role in more traditional hierarchical societies, it means that traditional societies in a way enslaved men more than women. And if this is true then is this the reason that men suffer higher rates of mental diseases? because we are not in a more natural state of existence.

It looks as if personality differences between men and women are smaller in traditional cultures like India’s or Zimbabwe’s than in the Netherlands or the United States. A husband and a stay-at-home wife in a patriarchal Botswanan clan seem to be more alike than a working couple in Denmark or France. The more Venus and Mars have equal rights and similar jobs, the more their personalities seem to diverge.

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The biggest changes recorded by the researchers involve the personalities of men, not women. Men in traditional agricultural societies and poorer countries seem more cautious and anxious, less assertive and less competitive than men in the most progressive and rich countries of Europe and North America.

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Findings – As External Barriers Disappear, Internal Gender Gaps Widen – NYTimes.com.