©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.