Posted by: Mark Nielsen | March 24, 2010

Men Behaving Badly: Hormones vs. Heroism

The news story below confirms some things I have been talking with other guys about for a few years now.

Mind you, I don’t like being so much a product of my biology (or my evolutionary makeup, if you will). I’d prefer to be rational, sensitive, and “humane” at all times. But we also can’t deny the ways in which we are all animals, organisms, and wired differently, both male and female. Not to use it as an excuse, but we have to deal with these scientific realities and their impact on social behavior, or we’ll be forced to repeat the worst of our human history instead of moving forward.

[Click the title below to link to the full original CNN.com article.}

Male Brain: Why men obsess over sex

By Dr. Louann Brizendine, Special to CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Male and female brains mostly alike, but some profound differences exist
  • Men’s sexual pursuit area 2.5 times larger than the one in the female brain.
  • Says testosterone drives the “Man Trance”– or a glazed-eye stare at breasts
  • Brizendine: A wife’s pheromones cause “Daddy Brain.” Later, hrormone changes and adaptation lead to either “Lovable Grandpa” or “Grumpy Old Man”.
  • Editor’s note: Dr. Louann Brizendine is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. She wrote “The Female Brain” and, just released, “The Male Brain.”  Brizendine will appear on HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show” Wed. March 24 at 9 EST.

    (CNN) — Although women the world over have been doing it for centuries, we can’t really blame a guy for being a guy. And this is especially true now that we know that the male and female brains have some profound differences.

    Our brains are mostly alike. We are the same species, after all. But the differences can sometimes make it seem like we are worlds apart.

    The “defend your turf” area — dorsal premammillary nucleus — is larger in the male brain and contains special circuits to detect territorial challenges by other males. And his amygdala, the alarm system for threats, fear and danger is also larger in men. These brain differences make men more alert than women to potential turf threats.

    Meanwhile, the “I feel what you feel” part of the brain — mirror-neuron system — is larger and more active in the female brain. So women can naturally get in sync with others’ emotions by reading facial expressions, interpreting tone of voice and other nonverbal emotional cues.

    Perhaps the biggest difference between the male and female brain is that men have a sexual pursuit area that is 2.5 times larger than the one in the female brain…

    The facts keep flying fast and furious from there. Read the whole article.

    So if you catch me staring, sweetie, just whap me upside the head. Don’t take offense. You’re a beautiful butterfly, built to attract my attention. I’m only responding to the ancient messages my brain keeps sending out.


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