More than 800,000 people around the world kill themselves each year, and millions more try but fail. This puts suicides among the top preventable causes of death in the world. And from Albania to Zimbabwe, in every country, men commit suicides in greater numbers than women do.
There are probably many factors as to why this is the case. But Rory O’Connor of the University of Glasgow believes that he may have found the one factor that contributes to this gender bias the most: social perfectionism.
Even in the developed world, where gender equality is not as bad as in developing countries, most men still see themselves as being responsible for providing and protecting their family. Of course, some women are social perfectionists too. But men’s social perfectionism is much more harmful.
“A man who can’t provide for the family is somehow not a man any more,” O’Connor says in Mosaic. “A woman is a woman no matter what, but manhood can be lost.”