Modern men are just as likely as women to show sensitive side, study finds

Modern men are now just as likely as women to openly display a sensitive side, according to research. A poll of 2,000 adults found 71 percent of men confess to being in touch with how they feel, versus 82 percent of women.

And across all respondents who are sensitive, 41 percent outwardly show it “often” or “always”.

A third (33 percent) think being in tune with how they feel is the sign of a good leader.

But while 37 percent of men would consider being called “sensitive” a compliment, only 23 percent of women feel the same way.

In fact, 24 percent of females polled would feel insulted if someone referred to them in this way.

Commissioned by Aveeno, the study found 55 percent think others, who openly show their sensitive side, are more likeable as a result.

The research also found almost half of respondents (48 percent) believe it’s more socially acceptable for women to show their sensitive side than men.

But in general, 52 percent consider being seen as sensitive as a positive trait – and 44 percent say it can help one’s ability to succeed in their career.

The majority (85 percent) also feel that a good leader in the workplace can be both confident, and sensitive.

And more than a third (35 percent) have been in a work situation where they felt their emotional intelligence was an asset to their team or company.

Just over six in ten (61 percent) believe good listening skills show someone has compassion, while 48 percent cite open-mindedness.

And for 45 percent, good communication skills are vital, according to the figures.

Dermatologist, Dr. Cristina Psomadakis (aka “Dr Soma”), said: “It’s in our nature to be sensitive. It’s something we all face at times in our life when the world around us tests our resilience and strength.

“As our body’s largest and most visible organ, our skin can mirror how we are feeling or what we’re experiencing – when it becomes sensitive, it’s because that skin barrier is weakened and compromised.

“This campaign brings to life how sometimes all it takes is something or someone to turn to that will support us during these sensitive times – and the same can be said for our skin.”  

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