Sunday, January 15, 2012

Systemizing versus Empathizing

Questions have been pouring in about gender differences, a topic I love to discuss! The male brain is often described as more systemizing while the female brain is considered more empathizing. Again, each has its benefits. For example, according to Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, low systemizing and higher empathizing abilities help the female brain with making friends, understanding relationships, mothering, social mobility, and decoding a partner’s next move. High systemizing and lower empathizing abilities help the male brain with making and using tools, hunting, trading, attaining social dominance (e.g., striving for rank and power), and tolerating solitude.

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