Together with the Twitter account @gender_psych,  this site supports the book The Psychology of Gender in continuing the discussion and expanding on the issues raised by the book. (For coaching for issues around confidence, personal and professional development visit: www.drgarywood.co.uk

About the Book

The Psychology of Gender, published by Routledge.

psychology_gender-3D-book-cover copy_revIn this book, Dr Gary Wood provides an accessible introduction to the psychology of gender by drawing on biological, historical and cultural perspectives. It considers the impact of gender roles on the individual, relationships and society in general, and addresses the ‘dilemmas’ we have regarding gender in a postmodern world. Topics covered include gender roles, sex differences, gender stereotypes, transgender and cisgender identities, and androgyny. The book also offers a unique perspective by examining the impact of storytelling from religious cosmologies, fairy tales, and science fiction, which can be used to make sense of the world of gender.

The Psychology of Gender offers a platform for further exploration, tackling hidden assumptions and pop-psychology myths, and offering insights into how we make sense of our gendered world. It arrives at a new psychology of gender that emphasises relationships and helps us to understand our own gender identity and that of those around us.  Follow on Twitter: @gender_psych


  • Chapter 1. Introduction.
  • Chapter 2. Sex and Gender.
  • Chapter 3. Gender Stereotypes and Sex Differences.
  • Chapter 4. The Impact of Gender Role Stereotypes.
  • Chapter 5. Gender Stories, Backwards, Forwards and Sideways.
  • Chapter 6. Conclusions: Moving Forward – Meaningful Gender.
  • Bibliography.
  • Notes.

For a complimentary examination copy request if considering for academic course adoption please contact the publisher, Routledge.

About the Author

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Dr Gary Wood, author of ‘The Psychology of Gender’

Dr Gary Wood is a Chartered Psychologist, solution-focused life coach, and broadcaster specializing in applied social psychology. He began identifying as non-binary while researching his PhD. He is on The British Psychological Society’s ‘media-friendly psychologists’ list and is widely quoted in the media offering psychological insights and coaching tips and as a featured advice columnist (agony-uncle) in magazines, on radio and television. Gary is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught psychology, sexual health studies, learning skills and research methods in several UK universities. As a consultant, he has worked on social policy research projects and reports, for government bodies, broadcasting regulators, sexual health organizations, NHS Trusts, LGBT charities and media companies. He also runs workshops on confidence building and oal setting.

Gary’s books, based on his workshops, include ‘Unlock Your Confidence’, ‘and ‘Sex, Lies and Stereotypes. His goal-setting and coaching book ‘Don’t Wait For Your Ship to Come In. . . Swim Out to Meet It’ has been translated into several languages, including French, Czech and Korean. Gary is in private practice as a personal and professional development coach, trainer, and research consultant, based in Birmingham and Edinburgh, UK, and internationally online. In his spare time, he eats, sleeps, reads, and occasionally sings.

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About The Psychology of Everything Series

The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the myths and pseudoscience surrounding some of life’s biggest questions. The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our sub-conscious desires and aversions to the innate social instincts handed to us across the generations. Accessible, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and illustrating the potential of psychology to enrich our understanding of humanity and modern life. Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns – from sex to gender, to addiction to conspiracy theories – The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

For a complimentary examination copy requests if considering a book in the series for adoption for your students on an academic course please contact the publisher, Routledge.

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