ABOUT THE BOOK
Men are often portrayed as single-minded individuals whose lives revolve around the pursuit of sex. Family sitcoms love to use the character of the simple father, who can never understand his complicated, emotional wife, but give him a full stomach and sex and he is a happy camper. Experts have written countless numbers of books, all claiming to be able to explain the simple reasons why men act as they do, as if an entire gender could be defined in simple terms. But the truth is men are just as complex as women, if not more so.
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EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania used an MRI machine to study the brains of men and women. The researchers purposefully placed the study participants in stressful situations to find out how our brains react differently to stress.
During the study, the part of women's brains that controls nurturing behaviors increased in activity while under stress. In men, the part of the brain that controls the fight or flight response lit up. Fight or flight is the automatic reflex that triggers adrenaline release when someone is faced with a dangerous situation. This reflex is very stressful, and leaves the body tired and the immune system weakened.
This study could explain why women often want to talk about their problems and men seem to want to avoid them. If stressful situations just create an even more stressful response, it would be natural for men to try to avoid them. It also might explain why some men are more prone to yelling during arguments. During an argument, adrenaline is dumped into their bloodstream, making them more excitable and agitated. To top it off, the increased stress can lead to health problems down the line.
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