Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Gender and the Stressed Brain, Cont'd

Males need to develop effective stress management strategies. In addition to using those to help them handle stress, they can help female brains in their circle of life to brainstorm ways of dealing with stressors that seem to impact their brains differently.  When under pressure or stress, the male brain’s spatial functions are activated. As a result, he may stop talking altogether. Three major symptoms of stress for the male brain: withdrawing, grumbling, and shutting down. Under stress, males tend. to activate the Fight-Flight stress response and may wonder the reason female brains (if they do activate-Flight-Fight) quickly move into Tend-Befriend. Though socialization likely plays a part, in the big picture it’s all about differences in brain structure and function . . .

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