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Some people think it is “new News” that women’s and men’s brains are different. This was known way back in late 19th century. Granted – we are getting better at the details. In the 1990’s it was known (though MRI’s) that when men problem-solve, there is more activity on one side of the brain, and less activity between the 2 hemisphere’s of the brain…less traversing through the corpus collosum from right to left hemisphere, and vice versa. While women are problem solving, there is more activity on both sides of the brain, more signals are being sent from right to left hemisphere and vice versa. That was interpreted as men doing more “compartmentalizing” to solve problems, while women using diverse areas on both sides of the brain. Okay.
This is still believed to true. Knowledge refined today shows are that while men “compartmentalize” predominately on one side of the brain to problem-solve, brain activity traverses primarily from front to back and back to front. While women problem-solve, the activity will go back and forth from right to left hemispheres, and left to right. They more often call upon the functions of different of areas on both sides the brain.
Simply put, women generally call upon their right AND left hemispheres of their brain to problem-solve, men more often will call on one side – usually the left hemisphere. Combine this with varying physical abilities as well as varying backgrounds and education, and different people will often come up with different solutions to a problem.
I see this as a good thing. Most great leaders (versus mediocre to bad ones) know that different ways of thinking create varying solutions. If people work can together, this can often lead to a better or great solution – versus a merely passable one.
To see the benefits of having people contribute as much as they can, look at Steven Hawking. No one would argue that Mr. Hawking is physically handicapped – and I’ve heard no one argue that he has a better brain than most. He is considered a genius. If we allowed his physical limitations or how he looks to keep us from listening to him, society would end up losing out more than that which he has to offer within the span his lifetime. He will die. We all will. Society keeps going.
Societies that repress half or more of their population for superficial reasons, (gender, race, other handicaps, etc) are holding themselves back – as they have obviously and statistically reduced the brain power going into making their lives better.
Of course, there are always those who will try to hold others back because their think their own egos and/or lives are more important than everyone else’s. They consider themselves more important than the society that has for their entire lives cradled and sheathed them, whether or not they acknowledge those benefits.
Secure people whose egos are not fragile; don’t assume they are better than others. They know that while they can win a foot race with someone who is a quadriplegic, Steven Hawking would make mince-meat of them in a race of brains.
Many of our differences aren’t so obvious. Yet if one gender group thinks they can exist without the other, they are wrong – that is if they care about a continuing human race. Alternately, each individual can contribute something, whether or not they choose to have children. Individuals of both genders can exist without the other. Many do that, already.
We are either open to what individual people show us they have to offer, or strictly bound within our own personal limitations of how we see others. People can choose whether they are handicapped by their own blinders - or enlightened by being receptive to those who contribute in different ways than our own. The choices we make everyday make us who we are. If we are lucky, society is not bound by our personal weaknesses.
Our brains are anything but simple. Society is complex. Anyone trying to boil everyone down to 2 types is engaging in wishful thinking, whatever their reasons.
Having said that, here is a great video that is not only informative, but also shows how recent research is now showing how brains in rats actively switch from a "feminine" to "masculine" state, depending on situation-to-situation environmental factors.
Brain dendrite spine density (shown by red arrows in the screen shot below), show male versus female rats below in a relaxed state, versus while under stress. Those spine nodules enable the transmission of electrical signals within the brain.
This short and yet great video can be viewed here; https://youtu.be/rYpDU040yzc