The distribution curves for men and women may well differ in terms of the trait of dominance, with men generally exhibiting more of it in line with increased aggression linked to testosterone production. I don't know.

However a normal distribution would assume that there are also some highly dominant women as well as some men possessing low dominance.

I would assume that some individuals are so dominant that it cannot be suppressed in any circumstances. Others may well possess a degree of dominance but conform to societal expectations. I would imagine that their degree of dominance can be increased either because they expressly want to increase it, by making the effort, or if society's norms change towards the trait of dominance becoming more valued and accepted in men as opposed to women. After all, there is a practice effect in most things and the more someone performs a task or behaviour, the better they will become at it. If, in addition, they want to make the effort to deliberately analyse their own performance and make something of a study of the subject, they can be expected to develop quite a high degree of skill. As has previously been noted, what may be at issue is not simply the degree of dominance a person may have naturally, but their motivation to develop it.

by Lauren on 2005 Nov 17 - 18:16 | reply to this comment
traits and behaviours
Would you agree that dylexia is a 'chacteristic' or a 'trait' and that people are either 'wired' that way or not?

Would you further agree that reading and writing are 'activities' or 'behaviors'?

Can an individual who has the characteristic of dyslexia change his or her reading behavior?

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