WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – Chivalry isn’t dead, but it is a leading factor in men having lower self-esteem.
According to research from the department of psychological sciences, the males at Purdue are experiencing lower self-confidence due to door holding. Part of a larger study focusing on the “effects of gender counter-stereotypic behaviors” found that a man holding the door for another man plays an integral role in lowering self-efficacy.
“Experiencing unexpected help that is normally directed toward women may be uncomfortable, and challenge gender stereotypes that men should be independent and self-sufficient,” said Megan McCarty, a head psychologist on the study and a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Sciences.
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