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Do women talk to their cars?
 
That's new to me ...
 
Sounds a bit crazy ...
 
 
Why do you do that?
 
This is a summary of the workshop I attended a couple of months ago: 

Differences between Males’ Mindsets compared to Females’

Is it a coincidence that Islam has well recognized such a distinction in its doctrine? .....

In a series of ten lectures attended by more than 300 attendee whilst presented by Dr. Amr Sherif Head of Surgical Department at Ein Shams University who have explicitly addressed and explained the biological divergences. At the end of each Lecture Fadel Soliman portrayed his reflections and insights on how Islam has uniquely and cohesively taken such differences into account in terms of its rules and principles.

Dr. Amr Sherif started his lectures with a set of questions to outline some of the recognizable trait variances among both genders commencing at their birth up till maturity. Some of which addressed the following; baby girls tend to be more quite than baby boys although they start murmuring and talking prior to males. It is usually tougher for girls’ mothers on first day to school than boys. As they grow up, boys love more spacious places to play with cars, guns or balls whilst girls have higher tendency to sit, listen to each other and communicate.

Digging deeper, he chewed over the topics boys tend to discuss along their adolescence which are incomparable to what girls think of and share among. He discussed what attracts a man to a woman which happens to be not what pulls a woman to man. He pointed towards the sexual variances besides the variation between motherhood and fatherhood in terms of emotions, roles as well as relationships with children. And when it came to education and interests statistics spoke it up reflecting that nearly 75% of students in Engineering Departments tend to be males whilst females formed 85% of Linguistics.

On the other side, regarding hierarchy and leadership men proved to have a higher tendency in occupying managerial positions as well as leading posts of which 99% of bank managers are males compared to women who have higher propensity to work in tactical positions such as nursing and teaching. Moreover, as for definitions, for men “success” centralized in hierarchy while for women it centered in pleasing others. Dr.Amr’s reflection was; all such didn’t happen by accident while what he carried through his successive lectures was the prevalent contention of which whether these differences are stemmed from nature or nurture?!

It happened that in April 1999, Canada -Toronto, The American Academy of Neurology has issued a statement at its annual conference to dignify that “Men and women's brains are distinctly different. While men have more neurons in the cerebral cortex, the brain's outer layer, women have more neuropil, which contains the processes allowing cell communication. Although these gender-specific variations cause tangible differences in how the brain functions, one type is not "better" or "worse" than the other.” There is no doubt that a better understanding of these issues may potentially affect a wide spectrum of human activities such as health care, psychology and teaching.

Consequently, through out the following lectures Dr. Amr has taken his journey to explain the biological variances among both mindsets. He emphasized on several differences and related them with attitudes. It is not ironic that women love to talk more, find it easier to pick up languages, think of several issues in the same moment and focus on tiniest details whilst men love to focus on one thing at a time, have better abilities to read maps as well as road directions with higher rationality in their decisions since the male’s brain is predominately hard wired for understanding and building systems while the females’ emotions usually intrude their decisions of which their mindset is predominately wired for empathy. The cause is stemmed from the biological significant variance of which specific areas over dominates in each mindset rather than the other stimulating a different kind of intelligence that of no doubt impacts traits and behavior. Therefore; certainly men and women are different because of their nature and not nurture which happens to be the proclaimed assertion! .........

http://www.bridges-foundation.org/index.php?pg=article&id=313



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Why do women talk to their cars...To quote Homer Simpson...to brain the damage:)
 
 
Sounds like a really interesting workshop...great deductions...
 
But the problem with these Nature Vs Nurture scenario is that each side would give their own conclusions...recently there is a debate going on in the domain of Neuroplasticity ....and the nurture group likes quoting those statistics....another interesting field to explore as far as brain wiring is concerned is in the theory of core knowledge which explores innate tendencies in babies and may shed interesting light on the gender differences as well...
 
This is an interesting debate on the science of gender and science...Though all of it is still debatable but these are some other angles...
 

On April 22, 2005, Harvard University's Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative (MBB) held a defining debate on the public discussion that began on January 16th with the public comments by Lawrence Summers, president of Harvard, on sex differences between men and women and how they may relate to the careers of women in science. The debate at MBB, "The Gender of Gender and Science" was "on the research on mind, brain, and behavior that may be relevant to gender disparities in the sciences, including the studies of bias, discrimination and innate and acquired difference between the sexes".

It's interesting to note that since the controversy surrounding Summers' remarks began, there has been an astonishing absence of discussion of the relevant science...you won't find it in the hundreds and hundreds of articles in major newspapers; nor will find it in the Harvard faculty meetings where the president of the leading University in America was indicted for presenting controversial ideas.

Scientists debate continually, and reality is the check. They may have egos as large as those possessed by the iconic figures of the academic humanities, but they handle their hubris in a very different way. They can be moved by arguments, because they work in an empirical world of facts, a world based on reality. There are no fixed, unalterable positions. They are both the creators and the critics of their shared enterprise. Ideas come from them and they also criticize one another's ideas.

Through the process of creativity and criticism and debates, they decide which ideas get weeded out and which become part of the consensus that leads to the next level of discovery.

But unlike just about anything else said about Summers' remarks, the debate, "The Science of Gender and Science", between Harvard psychology professors Steven Pinker and Elizabeth Spelke, focused on the relevant scientific literature. It was both interesting on facts but differing in interpretation.

Both presented scientific evidence with the realization and understanding that there was nothing obvious about how the data was to be interpreted. Their sharp scientific debate informed rather than detracted. And it showed how a leading University can still fulfill its role of providing a forum for free and open discussion on controversial subjects in a fair-minded way. It also had the added benefit that the participants knew what they were talking about.

Who won the debate? Make up your own mind. Watch the video, listen to the audio, read the text and check out the slide presentations.

There's a lesson here: let's get it right and when we do we will adjust our attitudes. That's what science can do, and that's what Edge offers by presenting Pinker vs. Spelke to a wide  public audience.

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/debate05/debate05_index.html
 
 
So what do you think?


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Thanks for posting that sister
 
It will take some tiime to read and diggest all that, maybe in the Eid holiday In-Shaa-Allah
 
I can't get the video running though. Does it have a seperate URL?
 
And I totally agree with this quote:
 
(There's a lesson here: let's get it right and when we do we will adjust our attitudes. That's what science can do,)
 
That's the right objective approach to take ....
 
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You are welcome Brother Tarek...the video runs on the same url...atleast it did for me...
 
I would like to advise you not to ruin your Eid holidays with this talk though...save it for when you have nothing better to do...it gets boring on and off and they keep running around in circles with the nature nurture thing...although the man is agreeing to the biological differences....he still is not confident enough to admit that there are gender roles in society...being a pro feminist is a good thing as long as it does not hinder one from truth...but we need to define what real feminism is first and the dignity and intergrity associated with it...
 
Anyways sorry I made that joke on the women and car thing....actually there is a scientific explanation for women talking so much .. science confirms that women are more emotional of the two gender...and since talking releases feel good chemicals from the brain like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin etc....it is a coping innate mechanism for women to talk more when they are stressed for their brains to destress naturally...you must be knowing about psychiatrists and their infamous couches....people pay them to be heard...(psychotherapy)same mechanism....they feel naturally better after talking without taking any drugs....and since women are empathetic....if they are harboring negative emotions....they'd rather talk to inanimate objects to stop their behaviour from projecting to others...thats how they brain their damage subconsciously:)so you see there is a reasonable explanation to their crazy behaviour pattern...
 
From what I have gathered uptil this point....there is nature as well nurture at play....nature gives us a blueprint...nurture helps us in molding it to the reality of things...delineating what the reality is would be another interesting area of debate...
 
 
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Brain Waves: Differences in Males, Females Can Be Frustrating

DALLAS - A few years ago, at the urging of his wife, Greg Johnson scheduled the first checkup of his adult life. "I didn't even have a doctor," says the 49-year-old Corinth, Texas, businessman, who describes himself as a weekend athlete. When test results came back, the physician recommended Johnson follow up with a gastrointestinal specialist.

But two months later, upon realizing that the appointment would conflict with his surfing trip to Costa Rica, Johnson canceled it and never rescheduled.

Fast-forward to January 2006.

"I noticed significant changes in my health, but I blamed it on just getting older," says Johnson. "Then I remembered that canceled appointment."

This time, he met with the doctor, had a colonoscopy, and five days later underwent surgery to remove a foot-long section of colon and half of his rectum. Because the cancerous tumor had metastasized in his liver, Johnson also needed radio-frequency ablation.

"The whole time, my mind kept racing back to that physical," he says. "I kept thinking about the what-ifs."

Then, "because I did too much afterward instead of just sitting around like they wanted me to, the incision got infected." Once the wound finally healed, he started chemotherapy. "By the third round, I felt like a walking, talking toxic dump."

Tell this story to a man and a woman, and the reactions will probably differ significantly. Guys can relate, at least on some level. Women, on the other hand, probably just shake their heads and think: typical man. Actually, that's not far from the truth.

"There are anatomical differences between the male brain and the female brain that cause the two genders to react differently in many situations, including seeking help," says Dr. Malcolm Stewart, a neurologist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

"The differences, which are in the fight-and-flight part of the brain, have nothing to do with intelligence but everything to do with the way we function in our environment."

In the 1960s, scientists began detecting variations between the male and female brain in the area known as the limbic system, which dictates emotions, senses of pain, feelings of aggression, sexual drive, feelings of hunger and our social IQs. In the male brain, stronger connections in this system translate into increased and faster aggression in response to certain stimuli.

According to Simon Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychopathology at Cambridge University, even as children "males tend to show far more 'direct' aggression such as pushing, hitting and punching. Females tend to show more 'indirect' [or covert] aggression, like gossip and exclusion." Differences in the structures of the brains, he says, are largely responsible.

The stereotypical strong, silent guy isn't far off the mark, either. Two areas in the brain that control language are significantly smaller in men than in women. "And because women's brains have more connections between the right and left sides, they are better able to get in touch with their feelings and express them," says Stewart.

This also enables women to function better in social situations: "If they go to a party, a woman can listen to multiple conversations and figure out hidden agenda," he says. "When they talk to a guy later about it, she'll realize he doesn't have a clue."

As both genders age, however, their brains become more similar. "When you mature, you have to learn how to think both like a man and a woman," says Stewart. For men, that may mean a greater awareness of health issues.

They also tend to be more nurturing as a grandfather than they were as a dad, plus they mellow both in terms of anger and their risk-taking behaviors. In the case of women, they "become more confident, more internally driven, more like their husbands," says Stewart.

How does any of this matter? And is such knowledge in fact dangerous or potentially limiting? After all, it's possible to find an extremely caring male nurse, a super-talkative guy, a brilliant female physicist and a woman lacking even the most basic social graces.

Consider this: The differences in the brains manifest themselves in generalized tendencies for men and women, never in absolutes in terms of behavior. And understanding these tendencies, says Stewart, can ease tension in relationships.

Adds Dr. Baron-Cohen: "We need to distinguish stereotyping from the study of sex differences. Males and females differ in what they are drawn to and what they find easy, but both sexes have their strengths and weaknesses. Neither sex is superior overall."

Gender roles

While Cathey Soutter, a clinical psychologist who also heads the Counseling and Testing Center at Southern Methodist University, agrees that the structure of the brain has "an enormous impact" on behavior, she believes that society and enculturation can play an even larger role.

"Particularly for boys, the gender roles are very rigid," she says. "Standards of how a girl should behave are more flexible until they hit their preteens."

She adds that even before birth, parents have an idea of what a son or daughter should be like, and this begins a cycle of pressure and influence that helps shape personality, thoughts and actions. Boys, she says, are every bit as vulnerable as girls, and yet their fears and vulnerabilities are often ignored.

"Yes, our brains are hardwired in certain ways, and you can't change that, but we can provide different models for teaching and give boys permission in subtle ways to be more open and relationally oriented."

As for Johnson, who expects to finish his cancer treatments in July, he's already altered aspects of his social behaviors as a result of his experience.

"I called all of my friends to tell them what happened," he says. "I think I'm single-handedly responsible for dozens of colonoscopies in Texas."

Bigger, not better

On average, men's brains are about 10 percent larger than their female counterparts. Why? Most scientists believe that because the male body is generally larger, their brains have to be bigger to compensate for the extra mass. Yet during the aging process, men's brains also tend to shrink faster than women's.

He said, she said

Depending on whose research you're quoting, men say anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 fewer words a day than women do. This so-called word gap is often associated with smaller frontal and temporal lobes in men, the brain's center for language.

Cars vs. smiles

A Cambridge University study in 1-year-olds found that boys preferred watching films of cars (i.e., mechanical systems) and girls preferred films of people's faces. Boys also tended to make less eye contact than girls, indicating less interest in social connections.

The testosterone test

According to a Harvard study, men's testosterone levels drop when they're holding a baby. Even cradling a doll can decrease the amount of the hormone linked with virility.

Aging

According to Stewart, anatomical differences in men's and women's brains account for increased physical and mental problems in each gender. Men, who tend to take more risks, are therefore more vulnerable to car accidents, illnesses as a result of smoking, and cardiovascular diseases.

Women, who tend to have lower serotonin levels in their brains, are more susceptible to related conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia and depression.


Source: The Charleston Gazette

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Girl Brain, Boy Brain?

The two are not the same, but new work shows just how wrong it is to assume that all gender differences are hardwired

Sex differences in the brain are sexy. As MRI scanning grows ever more sophisticated, neuroscientists keep refining their search for male-female brain differences that will answer the age-old question, “Why can’t a woman think like a man?” (and vice-versa).

Social cognition is one realm in which the search for brain sex differences should be especially fruitful. Females of all ages outperform males on tests requiring the recognition of emotion or relationships among other people. Sex differences in empathy emerge in infancy and persist throughout development, though the gap between adult women and men is larger than between girls and boys. ..........

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hmmm...both nature and nurture....surprise surprise:)Professor Higgins should have been more optimistic...

Men, women and emotions - or why he never tells you how he’s feeling!

He just won’t talk! - women’s most common complaint

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. Women everywhere seem to say the same thing about their male partners and it goes like this: ‘He just shuts off to emotion! He never tells me how he is feeling!' Or ‘He’ll leave the room and refuse to talk about it!'

So when Rosemary, a client of mine, started telling me about the difficulties she was having with her partner, I listened sympathetically and let her pour out her frustration without telling her that I had heard it all before. And when she finally came to a stop, I began to explain why so many men are uncomfortable exploring their feelings and why this is a good thing!

I think I had her full attention.

Going quiet - emotional upset versus problem solving

Male friends have told me they hate it when a woman asks them during a quiet moment: ‘What are you thinking?' Women find this a natural question because women tend to go quiet when they feel hurt or lied to. If a man is quiet, a women may assume his silence indicates that he is upset. Men, on the other hand, stop communicating when they have a problem to solve.
Understanding better how your partner processes emotions can clear up misunderstandings and bring greater tolerance into your relationship. The fact is that men and women are different in more than just the obvious physical ways.

Emotional arousal is bad for male health

This all reminds me of the old song: ‘Why can’t a woman be more like a man?' Except in this instance it’s: ‘Why can’t a man be more like a woman?' There are things you need to know about how most men and women relate differently to emotions.

And a prime difference is that men have to protect themselves from emotional arousal for the sake of their health.

The 1970s therapeutic ideal was about ‘getting in touch with your feelings.' However, more recent research shows that strong emotion - particularly for men - can be physically dangerous. Women used to be dismissively known as the ‘weaker sex' - but in some ways men are actually more vulnerable. Women not only live longer but at every stage of life the male is more likely to die than the female. Even in infancy, premature boys are more likely to die than premature girls.
Rosemary was surprised and relieved to learn that there are sound reasons why her male partner may ‘button up'.

Men act, women talk

Firstly, men’s brains are wired for action during high emotion, whereas women’s brains are wired for talking things over. If a man instinctively knows his anger is likely to lead to action (and possibly regrettable violence) he may try to stop it going that far by putting a lid it on it. Or ‘clamming up' as his partner may describe it.

Secondly, from an evolutionary perspective men would have had to shut off their emotions while out hunting, so over time it has become natural for them to do so.

But there is a third and even better reason why men typically may shut themselves off more from emotional arousal.
I’m out of here! - the male survival mechanism

In an emotionally-arousing situation, a man’s first instinct is to leave and calm down. This is partly due to how emotions affect men. They are a cue to physical action - the consequences of which could be terrible. If a man stays put and becomes very emotional, his blood pressure skyrockets and he is at risk of having a heart attack. It also takes much longer for a man’s blood pressure and immune system to return to normal after high emotion than it does for a woman. Therefore a man will instinctively try (without even knowing that this is what he is doing) to protect himself and escape the situation.
Young boys are more stressed by emotion than girls

This difference in male/female emotion processing is evident from a young age. Women need to be more tuned into their emotions than men because they are, more often, the ones who rear children (of course, this is a generalisation and there are always exceptions). One research study showed that young boys were much quicker to try to switch off a recording of a baby crying than young girls were. The researchers at first reasoned that this was because of male insensitivity. But it turned out that the boys had much higher levels of stress hormone in their bloodstreams than the girls did on hearing the emotionally arousing trigger. Men are actually more sensitive to emotion and so more likely to avoid it.

This gender difference persists through life and old men are much more likely to die soon after the loss of a partner than an elderly wife when she loses her husband.
 
 
Let’s have some understanding

The best way to relate to one another is for men to appreciate that a woman needs to off load sometimes and for a woman to know that a man may prefer to talk about practicalities rather than how he is feeling.

So a man, when he realises that his partner is upset or worried about something, can ask her if she would like to talk about it. But then he needs to resist the temptation to offer advice or tell her what to do! Just listen and affirm her feelings.

Conversely, a woman who notices something is up can think twice before asking that frightening question - ‘How do you feel?' or before starting to say ‘I feel'. A good alternative might perhaps be to say ‘It might be a good idea if we do such-and-such about that - This makes it action orientated and therefore less threatening to her male partner. Remember strong emotion physically harms a man and is a cue to action rather than discussion.
Rosemary’s relief

As you can imagine, Rosemary felt much happier when she had grasped all this. She suggested that this difference accounts for why far more women than men seek therapy - because they are more comfortable discussing their emotions. Knowledge is power and Rosemary is now confident that her relationship can survive.
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Language Performance And Differences In Brain Activity Possibly Affected By Sex

ScienceDaily (Jan. 31, 2009) — Men show greater activation than women in the brain regions connected to language,(1) according to researchers from CNRS, Université de Montpellier I and Montpellier III. In the new fMRI study researchers found differences among male and female groups on activation strength linked to verbal fluency (words generation).

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Neurobiologist Proposes ‘The End Of Sex As We Once Knew It’

ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2009) Women are not from Venus any more than men are from Mars. But even though both sexes are perfectly terrestrial beings, they are not lacking in other differences. And not only in their reproductive organs and behavior, either, but in such unsexy characteristics as the propensity for drug abuse, fine motor control, reaction to stress, moods and many brain structures.

According to Rockefeller University's Bruce S. McEwen, who has spent over four decades studying how hormones regulate the brain and nervous system, deciphering the substantial but often ignored differences between the sexes is crucial to developing more effective personalized medicine. He emphasizes that none of the findings suggest one sex is stronger or more intelligent, and in many cases, the differences discovered raise more questions than they answer.

In spite of the subject's political sensitivities, McEwen says, it is ignored at our collective peril. "It's amazing how ignorant people are about this," says McEwen, the head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology. "Medicine is clueless as to how males and females really differ from one another. They have a very mechanistic view of disease and they tend to think it always works the same way in both sexes. That can be dangerous."

His article, "The end of sex as we once knew it," is the introduction to a special issue of the journal Physiology and Behavior published online Dec. 13 devoted to sex differences and outlines increasing research into the pervasive role of hormones in the brain. Men and women differ in crucial brain structures such as the hippocampus, which is known to be critical to learning and memory, and the corpus callosum, which permits the brain's two hemispheres to talk to one another and integrate.

Work by McEwen's lab and colleagues elsewhere has identified receptors for estrogen and other hormones in many parts of the rat brain and has shown that they do not reside in the neurons' nuclei, but rather in the dendrites, synapses and other processes. So the hormones don't act directly on the genes inside the nuclei, but only indirectly through other signaling pathways, recent experiments suggest. In most cases, scientists do not yet know what the behavioral repercussions of this extensive hormone activity in the brain are, but they are likely to be the source of real differences...

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Men Talk More Than Women Overall, But Not In All Circumstances
 
ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2007) —  A Gallup poll recently confirmed that men and women both believe that it is women who are most likely to possess the gift of gab. Some even believe that women are biologically built for conversation. This widespread belief is challenged in new research.

The article* describes a recent set of meta-analyses conducted by Campbell Leaper and Melanie Ayres. These analyses collect all of the available evidence from decades of scientific study and systematically combine the findings into an overall picture of the differences between men and women regarding talkativeness.

The authors found a small but statistically reliable tendency for men to be more talkative than women overall -- especially in certain contexts, such as when they were conversing with their wives or with strangers. Women talked more to their children and to their college classmates.

The type of speech was also explored in the analyses, which looked at verbal behavior in a wide variety of contexts. The researchers discovered that, with strangers, women were generally more talkative when it came to using speech to affirm her connection to the listener, while men's speech focused more on an attempt to influence the listener. With close friends and family, however, there was very little difference between genders in the amount of speech.

"These findings compellingly debunk simplistic stereotypes about gender differences in language use," conclude Leaper and Ayres. "The notion that the female brain is built to systematically out-talk men is hard to square with the finding that gender differences appear and disappear, depending on the interaction context. The results of the meta-analyses bolster arguments for social rather than strong biological influences of gender differences in language use."

 
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Boys Will Be Boys, Girls Will Be Girls

Brain-based Gender Differences

The Trouble with Boys

Get 70% of D’s and F’s.

Make up 80% of discipline problems

Make up 70% of learning disabilities

Make up 80% of those on Ritalin

Are 1 to 1 ½ years behind girls in reading and writing

Make up 80% of HS dropouts

“The percentage of male undergraduates dropped 24 percent from 1970 to 2000… [In America] Thirty years ago men represented 58% of the undergraduate student body. Now they’re a minority of 44%....This widening gap, says Margaret Spellings, U.S. Sec. of Educ., ‘has profound implications for the economy, society, families and democracy.’” Source--Newsweek, Jan. 30, 2006

The Minds of Girls

By adolescence, a girl’s corpus callosum is 25 percent larger than a boy’s. The corpus callosum is the bundle of nerves that sends signals across the two parts of the brain. This enables more “cross talk” between hemispheres. Because of the greater cross talk, girls are able to multitask better than boys.

• Girls have fewer attention span problems and can make faster transitions between lessons.

• Stronger neural connectors create better listening skills, more detailed memory storage, and better discrimination among the tones of voice.

• A girl’s stronger neural connectors and a larger hippocampus provide greater use of sensory memory details in speaking and writing.

• Girls’ prefrontal cortex develops earlier and is larger than boys’.

• Girls have more serotonin and make fewer impulsive decisions than boys. Teenagers don’t think of the consequences of their actions. They act on impulse. It is the serotonin and oxytocin that tell a teenager to slow down and think about what could happen if they did something. “Our jobs as adults is to serve as external frontal lobes.”

A girl’s brain also experiences approximately 15% more blood flow, which is located in more centers of the brain than a boy’s.

With more cortical areas devoted to verbal functioning, girls are better at: sensory memory, sitting still, listening, tonality, mental cross talk, and the complexities of reading and writing, i.e. the very skills and behaviors often rewarded in schools.

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very informative analysis...Thank You for posting Brother Tarek
 
Michael Gurian has done some outstanding work in the field of gender differences and the impact it can have to take them into consideration while raising children...
 
A Recipe For Growing Good Men

by Seattle Times
Jerry Large
 May 14, 2009

Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business - Michael Gurian with Barbara Annis. Jossey-Bass, $27.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-7879-9703-8

Boys and girls are different.

Comedians know this. We laugh at their jokes about the differences, because on some level we get it, but we don't always put what we know to use improving the way we raise and teach kids. Recently I've listened to two lecturers tell parents and teachers how gender affects the development of young people. JoAnn Deak spoke at The Northwest School, and Michael Gurian visited O'Dea High School.

Both use the latest research in brain science to tell us what, as Gurian pointed out, all of our ancestors from cultures across the planet knew about raising kids — stuff we've forgotten.

Part one: "The Purpose of Boys," which is the title of the newest book from Gurian, who is co-founder of the Gurian Institute, a family therapist and father of two girls, and who stirred up new interest in the development of boys a decade ago with "The Wonder of Boys."

He started with statistics. Schools suspend 250 boys for every one girl and expel 340 boys for every one girl. Boys are much more likely to wind up in prison. You get the point.

Brain research helps us see why and what we can do about it.

He focused on brains at the two ends of the spectrum. Girls have sharper senses, they are more verbal and the two sides of their brains communicate with each other more.

Boys are geared toward action, are less verbal, more likely to take risks.

The parts of the brain that affect focus, forethought, impulse control, judgment, empathy and insight mature later in males.

It's not a matter of superior or inferior. The two extremes have different strengths and compliment each other, at least when they aren't conflicting.

Gurian showed scans of typical male and female brains the way they'd look after a day at school or work.

The female brain was still lit up, but the male brain was mostly dark. Which is why, he said, a couple gets home and the wife wants to recharge by talking about the day and the husband wants to flop on the couch and click through channels on the TV.

In a classroom, male brains zone out easily unless teachers know how to keep them glowing. Boys need to move around; the teacher needs to be louder and more animated, for a start.

Sometimes boys try to keep their brains turned on by doing stuff that teachers may find annoying, like tapping a pencil on the desk. They do things that get them sent to the office when they're just trying to fight their biology.

One of the reasons this society put aside so much ancient gender teaching is that many cultures were and are biased against women and girls.

But the new science helps separate culturally enforced gender roles from what's biological.

Here's a small taste of Gurian's recipe for growing good men.

From birth they need love and a sense of their birthright, that they are descended from people who matter.

As they grow they need praise, but only for true accomplishments. He said we tend to praise too much and do too much for them. Trying and failing helps boys grow up.

In their late teens they need to know what they are good at, "a sense that something inside him is needed in the world."

They need education they see as relevant to their lives, otherwise they will tune out.

Older boys need mentors other than their mother and father.

And young men need something to which they can be devoted. It gives men a sense of self-worth.

All of this harnesses men's aggression and channels their quest for status into behavior beneficial to family and community.

Later, I'll share a some of Deak's advice for raising and teaching girls.

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Traditional Gender Roles Cemented In Popular Therapy For Couples

ScienceDaily (May 4, 2009) — In recent years a slew of books and TV programs have been produced on the theme of couples. Popular therapists give advice about the art of succeeding as a couple. The sociologist Sara Eldén at Lund University in Sweden has found that the advice these therapists offer often leads to a reinforcement of traditional gender roles.

In the past it was religion and tradition that provided guidance regarding how to be successful in your relationship. Today these traditional authorities are no longer important.

On the other hand, according to Sara Eldén, new 'scripts' are being created for couples to relate to as they work  to enhance their relationship. One of these scripts is authored by popular therapists in self-help books, TV programs, and magazines.

According to popular therapists, equality, security, and respect are the watchwords for a successful relationship as a couple. The problem arises, as Sara Eldén sees it, when the therapists try to help the couple address their troubles.

"Therapy is about the parties' seeking out faults and behaviors they have that can be changed," she says.

Finding faults in others, for example, that the man is not holding up his end in terms of housekeeping, is not a useful path, according to today's experts. This means that the issue of an uneven distribution of labor never comes up for discussion. The solution to the couple's problem in popular therapy TV programs therefore often entails that the man and woman actually move closer to stereotypical gender roles.

On the other hand, Sara Eldén has seen other tendencies in TV viewers' discussion forums on the Web that are usually connected with the programs.

"In viewer discussions the popular therapy solutions are challenged," says Sara Eldén. Here women point out, and it is almost only women who take part, that it is precisely the uneven distribution of household work that is the big problem.

Even though Sara Eldén is skeptical to much of the new wave of popular therapy programs, she also see a great deal that is positive, including the fact that they have lent legitimacy to issues that are regarded as "typical women's questions."

"These TV programs have clearly been a catalyst, and in the discussions carried out in the Web forums, there is great potential for issues of equality in the home to be politicized."

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Why Boys Excel in Maths and Science?

An interesting talk by Dr. Lise Eliot, author of a book titled (Pink Brain, Blue Brain)

http://fora.tv/2009/09/29/Lise_Eliot_Pink_Brain_Blue_Brain#Trucks_and_Trig_Why_Boys_Excel_in_Math_and_Engineering

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