Women are more honest and more likely to make decisions based on how they impact on others, new findings say
Men are programmed to be selfish while women are more likely to make decisions based on the impact of the outcome for a wider group, according to new research.
‘Women prefer to make decisions based on how it impacts others – which tends to produce better decisions – while men have a more individual approach and are more self-interested,’ says inventor of the moral DNA test, Professor Roger Steare.
‘When it comes to work men have to 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.’
It is also suggested that our desire to be moral alters as we age – from our 30s onwards we are increasingly less obedient but more able to reason.
Professor Steare explains that the age-related decrease in obedience and strength in values makes logical sense as we make the transition from youth to experience, maturing into adults in our mid-thirties.
‘The process then continues until our early sixties, when we are at the peak of our intellectual and moral powers,’ he says.
The online Moral DNA test, developed by Professor Steare four years ago measures changes in people’s value systems. The findings have been comprised by 60,000 volunteers across 200 countries.