Door holding contributing to lower self-esteem

Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)
Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)

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.

 That may come as a surprise, but the explanation is fairly simple.

“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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