How do you determine one species from another? One way is to determine the number of chromosomes in that organism. In a human, you would find 23 pairs of chromosomes in a single cell. Of the 23 pairs, 22 pairs are known as “Autosomes”, and they are found in both male and female. The gender division comes from the 23rd chromosome. This chromosome called the sex chromosome, XX for female and XY for male.
An interesting bit of information to note: Surprisingly potatoes, gorillas, and deer mice have 48 chromosomes. While a Carp has 104, the rattlesnake fern has 184 chromosomes, and a black mulberry has 308. It is quite evident the number of chromosomes obviously do not parallel with the unmistakable complexity of the organism, nor can you differentiate the species solely through the number of chromosomes.
After eighteen to twenty weeks into the pregnancy, a baby’s gender can be determined as the visible difference in male and female fetus is obvious. An ultrasound scanner can be used to observe this. Also, the bridge between the left and right hemisphere (called the corpus callosum) in the brain is thicker in females, and perhaps this is why women tend to use more of both hemispheres and men tend to use more of the left side of the brain.
It was determined, the male brain is, on average, around 10% larger in certain areas than that of the female. Apart from this measurable difference, what other differences can we find?
Historically, men tend to find math skills easier. Probably this has to do with the male parietal lobe in the brain being larger than females. This part of the brain controls math and geometry skills, along with visual perception. The parietal lobe is comprised of two regions; one manages sensations and perception, and the other part controls sensory information primarily with the visual system.
Again due to the larger parietal lobe, men can visualize objects in 3D and see them in various angles; they are better able to express through creating visuals.
Coping with Stress
When presented with stressful situations, the differences in how stress is processed is apparent between women and men. In both genders, stress causes the release of a hormone called Oxytocin. When combined with estrogen, in women, this produces a calming effect. When combined with testosterone, men tend to become frustrated and more prone to violence.
Why are men less likely to control their impulses? The amygdala in the man’s brain is larger than in women’s. Therefore, the testosterone receptors within this amygdala will increase their impulses/reactions causing them to be less likely to be able to control impulsive aggressiveness.
Who feels more pain? Women! Why? Because pain activates the right amygdala in men and the left in women which is associated with emotions. The right amygdala controls physical functions; therefore, men express pain physically and women, on the other hand, being in the left brain, express their pain through anxiety, verbalization etc.
Yak, Yak, Yak!
YES, women yak (talk) more than men! Women are more communicative than men because women’s temporal and frontal lobes are larger. The temporal lobe controls the sense of smell and sound, while the frontal lobe handles the expression of emotions, memory, language, problem-solving, judgement, etc. Not surprising, the frontal lobe encompasses our personality and our communication skills.
The hippocampus lobe and limbic (system) are larger in women than men. The hippocampus is related to memory, especially long term memory. The limbic lobe is an arc-shaped region of cortex on the medial surface of each cerebral hemisphere of the brain, consisting of parts of the frontal, parietal and temporal lobes. These areas together control emotions AND memory.
IQ – Which Gender Is More Intelligent?
To settle this age-old argument, there IS no gender dominance in the area of intelligence. In IQ tests, women on average fall in the middle, while contrarily men tend to fall into both extremities.
Given what we have learned about the gender differences within the brain, which of the two genders in your opinion, would be a better business builder for a business such as Compumatrix?
As a couple, men and women have the ability to complement one another when it comes to business matters. (this is not to say that same-sex partnerships would not be able to do the same!)
NOTE: there are exceptions to every rule!
Men would seemingly excel in the areas of figuring values and visualizing graphs, charts and diagrams. At the same time, some women could explain the concept with greater clarity and poise.
Where some men may fear approaching a prospective new member, some women would think nothing of it. The stress of being rejected has little to no effect on most women, while some men would fold when they are told no.
While some men would find distractions such as doorbells and cell phones ringing, televisions blaring, and children playing noisily, VERY frustrating; most women take it in stride and simply deal with it and stay focused on the job at hand.
Some men find it difficult to express their ideas and often fall short of this goal; at the same time, some women are naturally gabby and could talk on a subject for hours.
Since women have larger areas of their brain which control emotions it is easy to see they can express their compassion and understanding to a higher degree than most men; their temporal and frontal lobes being larger gives them the ability to communicate better; tend to feel pain more but handle the stress better, and are less likely to throat punch someone, HA!
Men are more naturally math and object minded and seeing a project in 3D comes easy for them. They can easily plan and envisage by creating charts, diagrams and graphs to express this. They find it very easy to calculate, estimate and predict because their imagination is on fire!
Understanding how each person in a partnership can contribute opens the door to success by allowing each one to shine in their natural areas using their innate talents. How awesome it is to see this natural ability to move their business forward in harmony. Each contributing to the whole.
Surely, and most decidedly, single people can and DO succeed in life and business. Perhaps being required to fill both roles does put more pressure on the single member, however, perhaps playing the cards we are dealt in life determines our true grit?
In conclusion, we will fall into one of the preceding categories: a plural OR a singular enterprise. The deciding outcome does fall on the individuals. How will you celebrate your differences?