18 August 2011

How to Recode the Battle of the Sexes: Increase Your Gender Intelligence

Men and Women are wired differently. 

They have different preferences, different emotional needs, different physical desires. They process information differently, have different body temperatures, distribute fat differently. They remember things differently, retain water differently, tolerate pain differently. I think you get my point.

Differences don't have to cause separation.
It is ok to identify differences in a way that we can come to appreciate what we can learn from them.  MANY of the differences we face in Entrepreneurial Marriages {and marriages in general} can be traced back to the differences between men and women and how we operate. So whether you are an Entrepreneur's Female Spouse or an Entrepreneur's Male Spouse, learning about gender tendencies will help us understand the whole operation a little better.

This understanding of gender tendencies is often referred to as Gender Intelligence.

*** disclaimer: this is a disclaimer for anyone who differs or disagrees. I know feminine and masculine traits differ in all people and factors such as lifestyle, upbringing, parental roles etc. all have influences too. ***

5 Facts about Women to Increase your Gender Intelligence:
  1. The female brain has more connective tissues between the two hemispheres and also utilizes significant portions of both hemispheres for a variety of tasks. {which explains our ability to multitask}.
  2. Women are able to relieve stress by talking about their problems, sharing information and collaborating on solutions. {which explains why we love to talk about EVERYTHING}
  3. Women have a more evenly distributed fat layer and can pull all their blood back to their core organs.{which would help us survive in the wild.} However, this female heating system means that less blood flows to their hands and feet.  {This is why we are cold...at least until menopause hits...so I've heard.}
  4. When a woman is under moderate stress there is 8 times more blood flow to the emotional part of the brain. {This explains more than I can even begin to comprehend}
  5. Women are faster and more accurate at identifying emotions. {I knew that one. :) }
5 Facts about Men to Increase your Gender Intelligence:
  1. Men tend to be more task-oriented and less talkative than women. {Tend to be being the key words, they will talk if you listen.}
  2. Male brains contain about 6.5 times more gray matter -- sometimes referred to as: 'thinking matter" -- than women. {that. is. cool.}
  3. Men need balanced levels of testosterone in order to keep their stress levels at bay and to feel healthy and happy. If they don’t have high levels of testosterone they become moody, irritable, whiny and demonstrate low libido. {True fact. Want to know what helps men rebuild their testosterone? Relaxing their muscles. So go ahead and let him put his feet up after a long day.}
  4. A typical man has 30 times more testosterone women. {that is a lot of manliness.}
  5. Men are able to separate information, stimulus, emotions, relationships, etc. into separate compartments in their brains. {no wonder he can still function when we are fighting...and/or forget we are fighting...lol}

If you haven't noticed most of these differences are complementary...
which increase the chances of a male and a female coming together...
because we are drawn to the differences, even if we fight over them...
which I think is really cool of us.