This post will show that women’s social perceptiveness and ability to read body language is on average between .8 and 1.3 standard deviations higher than men’s. To give an idea of the magnitude of this gap, it is similar to the IQ difference between blacks and whites, a gap La Griffe du Lion has referred to as the “fundamental constant of sociology.” The gap is large enough to create an underclass and overclass in the relationship manipulation market. Nor is evidence lacking that such a condition actually exists.I've been aware of this gap for a long time, but never numerically. On the other hand, my wife happens to be a 5+-sigma on social/emotional perceptiveness and I'm...not. (I swear she can tell the moment that I get mildly frustrated -- by smell, if I'm hiding under the covers in a different room, and God save you if she can see your face, or you're talking. Sickness by skin color variations, 3 days ahead of time ("Start superdosing your vitamin D now, you're getting sick"). 10:1 she knows more about what you're feeling than you do, if she can see you (even if your back is turned, and you're wearing a heavy coat). And if she hears you [not me] say "hello" to your wife over the phone, she knows if your wife is ready to cheat -- by means of emotional echoes in your response, whether or not you do. Still pictures of popular trial defendents tell her whether they're guilty. I've never seen anything like it before, and I've worked with Paul Ekman, the #1 world authority on facial recognition of emotion. And hormonal increases (pregnancy, ovulation, PMS) make her more sensitive. It's truly unreal. I keep telling her she could make real $ leveraging that properly. But she's a homeschool mom, and devotes that skill to childrearing)
The relevant score [add both male acting incompetence and female perceptiveness together to calculate the total female relationship advantage] is the last one, [...] at a whopping 2.01. [Ed -- This is somewhat greater than the average difference in IQ between black men and Jewish men]
A flock of women bursting into peals of girl talk may after all be what it seems like to some men – an alien superlanguage.
Anyhow, read the whole thing (both articles).