©Arlene Taylor PhD

Both males and females can develop and implement good problem-solving skills. However, differences in emphasis are often displayed, which may be further compounded by factors such as one’s individual thinking process preference.



  • Tend to view problems as a hassle rather than a challenge

  • Are socialized to be problem stators

  • Tend to be more experience-oriented and can excel at long-range planning as compared to short-term planning, perhaps because they tend to see the bigger picture due to their more generalized style of processing information.

  • In their concern for the big picture and final outcomes, however, they may procrastinate taking any action until the entire plan is formulated, which can delay implementation.

  • Generally they are better at solving problems of a general nature.

  • Tend to view problems as a challenge, a goal to be accomplished.

  • Are socialized to be problem fixers

  • Tend to excel at short-range planning, perhaps because of their increased emphasis on goal setting and attainment and a more lateralized style of processing information.

  • They can get off the dime quickly when something needs to be fixed. They don’t always see the bigger picture, however. Thus, long-range planning can suffer as they concentrate on taking immediate action to fix whatever they perceive to be the problem.

  • Generally they are better at solving problems if the problems are quite specific in nature.