While many of us are clear and forceful about expressing our feelings and meeting our goals, traditionally, women have not been encouraged or conditioned to do so. Sigmund Freud famously asked, “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?” (Sigmund Freud: Life and Work by Ernest Jones.)

Here, he was referring to psychological theory, wondering about the dynamics at work in female development. Freud and his colleagues generally had more trouble understanding women than men, and many psychologists think he was mistaken about some crucial issues relating to the female psyche and sexuality.

Above and beyond cultural influences, more women than men suffer from low self-esteem, problems in the realm…

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