We can throw some light on men and women’s different ways of dealing with emotion by considering two different ‘conversational templates’: drawing out and chipping in.

Emotion is often contrasted unfavourably with reason. The argument goes like this: emotions lead us to act rashly, and in our decisions to favour sentiment over sound reasons. Is this the whole story?

Why do men not talk much about emotion? What is their sense of emotion and how do they share emotionally? How does this cause confusion between men and women?