A new University of Missouri study finds that boys feel that discussing problems is a waste of time.The article goes on to suggest strategies for getting boys to discuss their problems more, and girls to discuss their problems less.
"For years, popular psychologists have insisted that boys and men would like to talk about their problems but are held back by fears of embarrassment or appearing weak," said Amanda J. Rose, associate professor of psychological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science. "However, when we asked young people how talking about their problems would make them feel, boys didn't express angst or distress about discussing problems any more than girls. Instead, boys' responses suggest that they just don't see talking about problems to be a particularly useful activity."
Maybe the boys are right that discussing problems is usually a waste of time because the problems do not get solved that way. And maybe girls like discussing problems anyway.