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In the ‘Brain Rooms’ of Men and Women

We’ve all heard of the book “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus,” and I’ll admit that I even read it many years ago.  Raise your hand now if you did too.  But hey, I don’t remember much of what the book said.  I’ve instead lived it like all of you!  One thing that this book clearly achieved was coining a common phrase to describe something that we all know as fact: men and women are different.

The obvious, we are different genders, but we make decisions differently, we communicate differently and we simply think differently.   Here are a few facts that I learned from an entertainment website and blog that I’m beginning to love: Unusual Facts.  I’ve shortened the list, so refer to Unusual Facts for the full story and the original sources.  Meg’s disclaimer: There are always exceptions, so dont take this too personally!

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1. MULTI-TASKING
Women – Multiple process
Womens’ brains are designed to concentrate on multiple tasks at a time.  For example, women can watch TV, talk on the phone and cook all at the same time.

Men –  Single Process
Mens’ brains are designed to concentrate on only one task at a time.  Men cannot watch TV and talk on the phone at the same time.  They either watch TV, talk on the phone or cook… (usually) separately.  I see the pros and cons related to multi-tasking and driving, particularly related to stereotypes about female drivers.

2. LANGUAGE
Women can easily learn many languages, but can’t find solutions to problems, where men can’t easily learn languages but can easily solve problems.  This is why in average a 3 year old girl has three times higher vocabulary than a 3 year old boy!

3. LYING
When men lie to women face to face, they often times get caught.  Womens’ brains observe facial expressions 70% of the time, body language 20% of the time and words coming from the mouth only 10% of the time.  Mens’ brains do not operate the same, so it’s technically easier for women to lie to a man face to face.

4. PROBLEMS SOLVING
If a man has a lot of problems, his brain clearly classifies the problems and puts them in individual “brain rooms” and then finds the solution one by one.  Women on the other hand do not classify their problems in the same way and instead want “someone to hear them out.”

5. UNHAPPINESS
If women are unhappy with their relationships, they can’t concentrate on their work. If men are unhappy with their work, they can’t concentrate on their relationships.

6. SPEECH
Women use indirect language in speech, but men use direct language.

7. HANDLING EMOTION
Women talk a lot without thinking. Men act a lot without thinking.

And that’s where they say “That’s all Folks!”

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