Tuesday, November 28, 2006

You Always Knew it was True

From The Daily Mail (UK):
It is something one half of the population has long suspected - and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men.

In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day - 13,000 more than the average man.

Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat - and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices, a new book suggests.

[…] In The Female Mind, Dr Luan Brizendine says women devote more brain cells to talking than men.

And, if that wasn't enough, the simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high.

Dr Brizendine, a self-proclaimed feminist, says the differences can be traced back to the womb, where the sex hormone testosterone moulds the developing male brain.

The areas responsible for communication, emotion and memory are all pared back the unborn baby boy.

[…] There are, however, advantages to being the strong, silent type. Dr Brizendine explains that testosterone also reduces the size of the section of the brain involved in hearing - allowing men to become "deaf" to the most logical of arguments put forward by their wives and girlfriends.

But what the male brain may lack in conversation and emotion, they more than make up with in their ability to think about sex.

[…] Studies have shown that while a man will think about sex every 52 seconds, the subject tends to cross women's minds just once a day, the University of California psychiatrist says.

Dr Brizendine, whose book is based on her own clinical work and analyses of more than 1,000 scientific studies, added: "There is no unisex brain.

"Girls arrive already wired as girls, and boys arrive already wired as boys. Their brains are different by the time they're born, and their brains are what drive their impulses, values and their very reality.

Before anyone tries to hurt me, I am only quoting the source.

It is fascinating how the reporter feels compelled to use her article to take shots at guys, whose brains are “pared down,” making them “deaf to the most logical of arguments.” It is also a fascinating – and really sad - commentary on our society that it’s considered newsworthy to suggest that men and women might actually be intrinsically different.

The creation story directly implies that man and woman are incomplete by themselves; it takes both to “become one flesh” and form the fully functional unit. Frankly, if I want to know about the human natures of men and women, I think I’ll pay more attention to JPII’s Theology of the Body than to this particular tome.