Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Men Vs. Women Emotions--Are there differences?

Are there differences between a male and female brain? Is a woman’s brain more filled with emotion than a man’s? Written from his ever-hilarious perspective, Dave Barry seems to think so. 



From Dave Barry’s calendar:

“There are many differences between men’s and women’s brains, one involving a brain part called the “cingulated gyrus,” which is the sector where emotions are located. Presumably in women the cingulated gyrus is a structure the size of a mature cantaloupe, containing a vast quantity of complex, endlessly recalibrated emotional data involving hundreds, perhaps thousands of human relationships, whereas in men it is basically a cashew filled with NFL highlights”.

Me again: What do you think?

17 comments:

Karen Cote said...

Great topic. I was actually talking about this with a friend the other day. I'm sure you'll get some different answers today especially with the tangible descriptions you used (very clever). I tend to agree with your take on it. As a footnote, brains and emotions sometimes collide with each other, thus, enter the heart and I'm not sure that can be as easily gender defined. Lol

Karen Cote

Kris said...

Hi Joanne,

I think Dave is on to something, though I know in my cantaloupe I have room for NFL hightlights :-)

I think the word that I pick up on in his definition is 'mature'. I know he means ripe - but I see it more as women are such multi-taskers in life that of course our cantaloupes have such diverse areas since we EXERCISE them by expressing our emotions. Men don't. Men are like my cats - they like to eat, sleep and have sex (whenever possible).

I always thought men's brains were the size of a pea - but I'll let him have his belief of a cashew since I'm sure there are emotions in there somewhere - like for sports - I don't know a man who doesn't get emotional during a sporting event, whatever sport of choice (like the players can really hear him screaming at them through the TV). LOL

Lu said...

ROFL very funny. And so true.

At least until the oldest son goes off the college. That event seems to trigger the development of emotions, and the ability to express them.

Joanne said...

Karen,
Yes, you're right. Dave Barry is so clever and funny with his real and not-so-real descriptions.

Joanne said...

Kris,
I like your opinion better than Dave's. A man's brain is about the size of a pea. :)

Joanne said...

Lu,
My sons are in their 30's and are done with college. Unfortunately, they are still not at that point of expressing emotions.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

To quote a line in a movie, "A man stops being trainable after he's potty trained." It might be a little more than that, but I've been training mine for over 42 years now and am seeing some progress over the last couple, especially since he's retired and I have more time and less interference to get the job done. :)

Joanne said...

Paisley,
I've been training my DH for almost 36 years. Maybe when he retires? LOL!

Mary Marvella said...

Some men are not trainable! Interesting topic, Joanne!

Joanne said...

Mary,
Correction---MOST men are not trainable. LOL!

Nightingale said...

I love it, and tend to think he is spot on in his evaluation.

L.A. Lopez said...

That's about right.

Clarissa Southwick said...

I love these Dave Barry quotes. Keep posting them :)

Joanne said...

Nightingale,
Dave Barry's always right on in his humorous way.

Joanne said...

L.A.,
Yes, he's probably right. I'd hate to be his wife. She's probably that anything she says or does can be fair game for his writing.

Joanne said...

Clarissa,
I have a daily Dave Barry calendar. When his writings seem to coincide with us, the writers, (mostly women), I like to share them.

morgan wyatt said...

Hi,
Since I spent about the past six months delving into the dating man's brain I have been surprised how much emotion men experience. They are devastated when a woman leaves them, they are fearful to try again, they become estastic when a woman accept their invite, the list goes on. I would have to say they are just as complex and confusing as women.