Personality Differences by Gender

The Yuquiare notable for their high degree of expressiveness among both men and women. They show all emotions openly and there is no stigma for either sex in showing joy, anger, or sadness. Because of this, to outsiders they appear to be reactive or excessive in their response to any situation they find exciting, joyful, distressing, or antagonistic. When unhappy or sad (e.g., on the death of a member of the group), both sexes will cry openly for days. During these periods of intense grief, the YuquMlow large strands of mucus to hang from the nose and then wipe it on their hair as a demonstration of the depth of their feelings. A man will cry out of anger or frustration, or speak in a rapid high falsetto, just as frequently as will a woman, when agitated. There are no social rules that encourage the control of one's emotions, which as a consequence are completely uninhibited. Anger often escalates into physical violence, as much among women as men.

Personality among the Yuquitends to be based more on individual differences than on gender. Some men are more aggressive and extroverted than others, and the same is true for women. Overall, there are no apparent norms that govern how the ideal man or a woman "ought" to behave and children are not socialized as to what kinds of behavior might be preferred. Like adults, children are expected to express themselves freely and are not expected to show respect to their parents or other adult relatives.

In recent times, the Yuqui are less likely to show emotion to the same degree as in the past because of prevailing attitudes of Bolivian nationals and others who visit the community.

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