Thursday, July 1, 2010

How men and women differ.

Post 516 - Some of the fundamental differences between men and women are biological. For example, their brains are not only different, but the way they use them differs as well. Women have more connections and more frequent interaction between their brain's left and right hemispheres. As a result, they have better verbal skills and stronger intuition. Men, on the other hand, have greater brain hemisphere separation, which explains their skills for abstract reasoning and visual-spatial intelligence.

Men and women also have different habits which were shaped over the centuries by the process of evolution. Although life conditions have changed, both men and women tend to follow their biological programming.

For example, as they evolved, men’s brains were programmed for hunting, which explains their narrow range of vision, while women’s brains were built to decipher a wider range of information. Men developed a keen sense of direction which they used when they tracked game, killed it, and then found their way home. Women developed better peripheral vision which helped them see what was happening around the home, spot approaching danger, and notice changes in their children’s behavior and appearance. Did you know that women blink nearly twice as much as men?

When entering a room, men look first for threats and then exits, checking out the possible ways to escape. Women pay more attention to the guests’ faces to find out who they are and how they feel. Men are good at processing information, archiving it for future use. Women typically ‘rewind’ information over and over again. They find the best way to stop thinking about a problem is to talk it out. When a woman shares her problems with a man, she’s usually not looking for solutions; rather, she just needs someone to listen to her. Men are better at solving technical problems. However, women have a sharper ear. They use more words while talking, and are better at completing tasks independently.

Based on these biological differences, here are some psychological distinctions between men and women:

- Men tend think globally and grasp situations as a whole, while women think locally, and rely more on details and nuances.

- Men tend to be independent in their thoughts and actions, while women are more willing to follow ideas suggested by others.

- Women criticize themselves, while men are happier with their own performance.

- Men find satisfaction in career progression and prosperity, while women place a higher value on family and children.

- Men have a strong need to fulfill their goals, whereas women rank relationships with others first.

- Women tend to be more concerned about their health. Men get sick twice as often as women.

- Women endure pain and monotonous work better than men.

And finally, here's an old saying I remember about these differences: "Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember.”

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