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Do Men and Women Think Differently

On average, men are about 15% bigger than women, a physical difference that sets the two sexes apart visually, but there are other physical differences between the sexes that set them apart mentally too! It’s no secret that men and women often think differently, thanks to the hard wiring of the circuits inside our brain.

The human brain is divided into two separate hemispheres, connected by the fibres of the ‘corpus callosum’. It is the way we use the left and right hemispheres of our brains that influences the way we think. The male brain is structured so the left side is used for language and the right side is used for emotion,  where as the female brain, the fibres connecting the brain’s two hemispheres are 23% thicker than in the male brain, meaning females are able to use both hemispheres for both emotion and language! This could go some way to explain why females often find it much easier to openly talk about their feelings, while men are more closed off when it comes to discussing emotions, but more goal and solution focussed.

Instinctive Thinking

While most people are completely capable of maintaining a civil and respectful partnership, the structure of our brains and our natural instincts

The male brain is structured so the left side is used for language and the right side is used for emotion,  where as the female brain, the fibres connecting the brain’s two hemispheres are 23% thicker than in the male brain, meaning females are able to use both hemispheres for both emotion and language! This could go some way to explain why females often find it much easier to openly talk about their feelings.

What Effect Can This Have on Relationships?

This structure of the sex’s brains has a noticeable effect on both the male and female behaviour. While men are mostly task and objective focussed, attaching their attention to one object or task at a time, women are more often verbal and emotional with their thought processes, wishing to communicate verbally about emotions and any problems they may have encountered.

This is where men and women can often find themselves at loggerheads. While a male finds solace in silence and simple pleasures such as television and a hot meal, females find the same relief in discussing problems and the day, as well as paying close attention to detail. A man may have his attention directed towards a television program or newspaper, while a female needs the stimulation brought by conversation and discussion.

While the female sees nothing wrong with initiating a quick conversation, the male is likely to become aggravated and frustrated by the break in his concentration. Similarly, the female is also likely to become frustrated as the male’s lack of attention and seemingly lack of interest will likely come across as ignorance. While this is simply a miscommunication, the way each sex perceives this situation prevents them from empathising with the other party, creating confusion, frustration and often arguments later down the line!

This is a simple mental manifestation of the biological structure of both the male and female brain.

So there you have it, a simple look at how the biological layout of both the male and female brain can have an adverse effect on relationships and perception of disagreements and issues that may come up. Remember, next time you have a disagreement with the opposite sex, cheat the brain and empathise for a much more peaceful solution.

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