OLDER PEOPLE BEING KINDER GENDER STEREOTYPES WHEN IT COMES TO 'GRUMPY OLD MEN'-min

OLDER PEOPLE BEING KINDER / GENDER STEREOTYPES WHEN IT COMES TO ‘GRUMPY OLD MEN’

Older people are generally kinder and happier probably due to cognitive processes. They majorly concentrate on the positive past happenings without minding the negatives. Research shows that such cognitive processes are responsible for emotions regulation and helping see life in a better angle.

The perception of ‘grumpy old men’ originated from the effects caused by gradual testosterone decrease in men that made them sarcastic, impatient, and argumentative. Old men may also get grumpy because they may have been physically active and participated in athletic performances, but irritability may increase after losing that identity. Some may want to transform their identity using drugs, such as Viagra. Others may have gone through divorce or raised kids in rehabilitation centers. Most of them are retired, thus lacking a job identity and enough money to sustain them in their old age. It is also during old age where the body weakens due to illnesses caused by deleterious effects. All these could be reasons why old men are grumpy.

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

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