Psychology of Women: Professor Tyndall

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Key Terms

  • Gender identity
    From International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Gender identity is the private experience of being male or female. Gender role is the public expression of gender, everything a person says or does that indicates a status as male or female. MORE
  • Human Sexuality: Topic Page
    Psychology’s historical treatments of sex differences and of the nature of sexuality are particularly convoluted. Regarding sex differences and ‘the psychology of women’, five overlapping phases may be identified. MORE
  • Motherhood
    From International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Contemporary mothering and motherhood are viewed from a much broader perspective than in previous decades by emphasizing the relational and logistical work of childrearing. Mothering is defined as the social practices of nurturing and caring for people, and thus it is not the exclusive domain of women. MORE
  • Pregnancy: Topic Page
    Period of time between fertilization of the ovum (conception) and birth, during which mammals carry their developing young in the uterus (see embryo). The duration of pregnancy in humans is about 280 days, equal to 9 calendar months. MORE
  • Sex Differences
    From World of Sociology, Gale
    Sex differences occur on a biological level and on a social level. Biologically, men possess the chromosomes XY; women possess the chromosomes XX. MORE
  • Sex Differences in Cognition
    From Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science
    Men and women have, for several decades now, consistently shown average differences in their cognitive strengths. For example, men excel on some types of spatial abilities, and on mathematical reasoning. Women excel on memory for verbal material (words), and on a function called ‘perceptual speed’, where rapid identity comparisons must be made, as well as on some measures of verbal fluency. MORE
  • Sexual harassment: Topic Page
    In law, verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, aimed at a particular person or group of people, especially in the workplace. MORE
  • Social Identity
    From Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender Social Identification is the process by which we define ourselves in terms and categories that we share with other people. MORE




Mental Health and Women

  • Mental Health and Illness
    From The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History The diagnosis and treatment of women’s mental health and illness in the United States have been shaped by cultural values about what constitutes a good and acceptable woman and have been used to punish women who fall outside the norm. MORE
  • Mental Illness
    From Encyclopedia of Women's Health Mental illness can be defined as behavioral, psychological, or biological dysfunction that interferes with an individual's daily life and ability to cope with normal stressors.- Nearly 25% of women will experience mental illness in their lifetime. MORE

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Related Fields of Study


  • Feminist Psychology
    From Collins Dictionary of Sociology Feminist psychology approaches to psychology which draw on FEMINIST THEORY to critique mainstream psychology for its tendency to focus on the experience of men as the ‘norm’. Its aim, therefore, is to both incorporate an understanding of womens psychological experience and also detail the often sexist and heterosexist underpinnings of much mainstream psychological research. MORE
  • Feminism: Topic Page
    Movement for the political, social, and educational equality of women with men; the movement has occurred mainly in Europe and the United States. It has its roots in the humanism of the 18th cent. and in the Industrial Revolution. MORE