Women just scored another point in the never-ending battle between the genders after a study determined that they are more likely than men to make decisions based on how choices will impact others. Plainly stated: This means — according to the researcher behind the initiative — that women are more moral than men.
The study included questions about honesty and competency and it found that the moral compass of both men and women changes with age. Professor Roger Steare (known as a corporate philosopher) made conclusions based on what he calls a “Moral DNA test.” He developed the tool four years ago so that he could adequately measure changes in peoples’ values.
The Telegraph has more about how the morality-gauging study was — and continues to be — conducted:
Around 60,000 volunteers across 200 countries have already taken the quiz, encompassing a variety of jobs and social status to help understand what influences morality.
Participants were asked to make statements about their work and home lives, including judgments on whether those around them would consider them honest.
They then rated statements such as “I am good at exercising self-control” and “I always honour people’s trust in me” to establish their results.
Finally, they were labelled as one of six personality types: philosopher; judge; angel; teacher; enforcer; or guardian.
The end result, Steare says, is that women have a vested interest in making decisions based more on the collective whole than men do. On the flip side, men are much more likely to make choices out of self-interest, as they take a more individualist approach.
Here’s more about Steare and his quest for “a moral community”:
“What this shows is that when it comes to work men have to grow up, put their ego to one side and show some humility and compassion – qualities they all too often have in their personal lives but put to one side when they walk into the office,” he explained.
“Interestingly the crossover point occurs around our mid-thirties, which is when we mature as adults,” he continued, going on to say that it is in peoples’ mid-60s that they fully develop their “intellectual and moral powers.”
The general community can participate in the MoralDNA Quiz on Steare’s web site.
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