Sex Differences In The Brain

MEN ARE NOT THE SAME AS WOMEN

Subconscious-MindPsychologists, psychiatrists, and people in white coats from many branches of science are usually prepared to admit that there is a difference between the brain of the average manly man, from that of the average womanly woman.  However, these same smart people will also often admit that they have no real idea about what causes one person to develop behaviour patterns largely associated with one sex and not the other.  Scientists can even measure the differences between the brains of men and women, and there are a lot, but knowing how big the differences are doesn’t say much about how they come about.

As one glaringly obvious example, females handle language in a different and more specialised part of their brain than do males.  In general women are far more naturally articulate than men, and use a greater number of ways to communicate.  But why?  It could be that it’s genetic and down to the obvious biological differences between men and women which makes our brains work differently.  It could be that men and women have totally different race memories.  Or, it could be that it’s mostly down to different nurturing, conditioning, education and experience.  With no apologies to Feminists or the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender, (LGBT), it turns out that it’s all three.  Some differences between the sexes are hard-wired and immutable.  Some differences between the manner in which the sexes behave are down to basic biology.

hugsThe genetic bias is intense enough to cause a substantial division of labour between women and men, even in the most egalitarian of societies.  Even if the sexes receive identical education and equal access to all professions, men are likely to have a disproportionate role in politics, business, engineering and science.  Women have a disproportionately greater role in child-minding, and in nurturing professions such as medicine.  Sociobiologists believe women are genetically programmed for maternal feelings, for superior verbal abilities, and for performing repetitive tasks not requiring deep thought.  In contrast, men are genetically suited to more logical and analytical thinking and have superior spacial awareness.

Men and women are so different that we may as well be different species.

Men need to solve problems, and women need to talk.

ladyboyThere are large behavioural overlaps between the sexes.  It is possible for a person with a woman’s biology to think they are really a guy, (gender identity), yet still behave in a feminine way.  Some women have more masculine traits than other women.  Some women can even throw a ball, or use a wrench correctly, or tell left from right.  Some men have more feminine traits than other men.  Some men can do multitasking, hold a conversation, or even choose clothes in matching colours.  Nonetheless, the standard, comical, caricatures of men and woman are mostly correct in that men are inarticulate insensitive brutes, and women are chatty emotional and nurturing creatures.

SlappingWhat this means that men and women react very differently to situations.  Women tend to feel things more deeply, and with a far greater range of emotions than do men.  Women keep score, and never forget.  Within seconds, most men will have forgotten something insensitive they said to their significant other, thinking it didn’t matter anyhow, and that they were right all along.  In contrast, women will feel that hurt to the core of their being, try and assign a wider meaning to the insensitive comment, think about their relationship with their guy, look for hidden meanings, add the hurt to the list of other ‘bad’ things their guy has done, and usually forgive him.  Eventually.

slobWomen are always forgiving men for something we have done.  Often guys do very dumb stuff, but often guys have no idea why what they did was so bad.  That’s because men and women look at the world differently, and women tend to care far more than men.  Most men could care less about other people, especially about people who mean little to them in practical terms ~ which is basically 99.9% of the entire world.  Most women are genetically programmed to care about people, and when their guy is disparaging toward someone they care about, then women tend tend to become very upset.  The problem for most guys is that most women care about most people, in one way or another.

In general, it takes a real effort for a man to think about, care about, understand, or even acknowledge the existence of anyone outside of his immediate family and small circle of friends.  In general, women want to know everything about everyone they meet.  In general woman have a much wider circle of friends than most men, care about them, remember names and faces.  Women even remember and care about birthdays, anniversaries, special dates…

schoolgirlmodelMostly, what a manly man wants to know about people are things like; is this person a threat, useful, someone he wants to / can have sex with…?

These gender differences can cause real problems in relationships between men and women.  Often men are very unthinking and unfeeling creatures, and there isn’t much a guy can do to change his underlying genetic programming / race memories / conditioning.  So men tend to upset women.

Because all men have some feminine traits, the things that guys do which so upset women will sometimes also upset men.

And, so what?  As behavioural scientists know, most men could care less about the feelings of others.  Most of the time, most men have such a shallow and narrow range of emotions, that they themselves don’t feel much more than the most basic things.  Some say that all human behaviour can be reduced to four, (possibly six) basic emotions.  these are; happiness, sadness, fear / surprise, anger / disgust.  Well, that ‘research’ had to have been undertaken by a bunch of guys because even I know that the emotions of womanly women are much more complicated and complex than that.  Men see things in straight lines and in terms of black and white.  Women see the whole of the world in all of it’s colours and complexities.

The_Thinker_Auguste_RodinBecause men are naturally insensitive, we need to apply more conscious thought to what we say and do.

The bottom line is;  Men should think twice before they say or do anything.  If a guy can’t think of anything nice to say, he shouldn’t say anything at all.  If you really want to hurt a woman, then just be an average guy for a while.

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