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10 Psychological Gender Differences

10 Psychological Gender Differences

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Published by Amir Iftikhar
10 major gender differences based on a Psychology research.
10 major gender differences based on a Psychology research.

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Published by: Amir Iftikhar on Jan 31, 2013
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10 Psychological Gender Differences
Though we would like to think males and females are fairly similar (except for theobvious physical or reproductive differences), we know that there are fundamentalpsychological differences. These differences do not mean that one sex is better than theother, but it does mean that your partner may gain a unique perspective, hold a uniqueview, or have distinct abilities in the world which are rooted in their gender.Here are some interesting and, perhaps, fun facts on these differences based on neuro-scientific research.
Men are better at orientating objects.
 There is a marked brain difference in females which may explain why males (versusfemales) generally excel in certain areas and struggle in others. Because of the larger parietal cortex and amygdala, men generally tend to perform better at reading maps,spatially related tasks and mathematics.
Women are better at communicating.
 The frontal lobe (which is responsible for problem solving) and the limbic cortex of thefemale brain tend to be larger than in male counterparts, which appears to providewomen with an advantage (over men) in problem solving and emotionality.Men and women process information at different rates.The male brain contains more grey matter whereas the female brain contains morewhite matter. White matter basically increases the speed of transmission of all nerve
signals which ultimately allows women to process thoughts more rapidly than their malecounterparts.
Boys in blue.
 From the moment males are born, the gender role separation begins. It usually startswith something small, such as a simple blue blanket or various other masculine-typecolor schemes and themes (i.e. dinosaurs trucks etc). The socialization of males to notonly favor a certain color but to also act a certain way stays with them throughout their lives. This is the origin for the concepts of masculinity and femininity which are socialconstructs and not biologically determined.
Pretty in pink.
 Like males beginning their socialization in blue, females are traditionally gender socialized in pink. Little girls start their lives off with this concept of femininity and whatthat actually means. These messages are continuously reiterated to them over thecourse of their lives through various media outlets, parenting tactics and many other contributing factors in their daily environment.
Men and sex.
 There is an age-old idea that the male libido is much stronger than the female libido. Although this is not always the case, research has shown that it is not necessarily thelibido itself which is stronger in males but rather the ease with which it is expressed.This can be traced back to the basic reproductive nature of males versus females. Thesimple fact that the male sperm to female egg ratio is extremely disproportionate infavor of males; females are naturally more selective in expressing their sexual desires.
Females and sex.
 Women tend to place more value on the emotional connection involved with sexualactivity. Though the debate is still out as to whether this is due to socialization or biology, the reality is most women like to connect emotionally before succumbing totheir sexual needs.
Men speak logic.
 Men often use logic when engaging in conversation. There is a lot of discussion on howmuch of this is nature and how much is nurture, but males generally have been taught(since childhood) not to openly express emotion, as this shows their vulnerability andcan be interpreted as a sign of weakness.
Women speak emotion.
 Females speak from more of an emotional perspective. This is partially due to brainchemistry but also social learning. There is a stereotypical idea of females within thegeneral public that has made it easier for women to openly cry, sympathize, laugh etc.without feeling judged or vulnerable like their male counterpart might feel in a similar situation.

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