The Male Brain Similarly to Loan Breeziness’s “The Female Brain”, Lethe Male Brain” takes us through the changes throughout the lifetime of a male brain. It breaks down each stage of a male’s life and takes a look at the happenings of their brains from boyhood, through their teen years, into relationships and children, finally ending with the mature male brain. “The Male Brain” explains many of the biological reasons, along with the learned reasons behind many of the common traits and behaviors found in males.
The focus of this analysis will be on how male brains differ from females, and whether that gives them n advantage or disadvantage in work settings. It will include how the early development of boys brains effects their traits and personalities, how men and women differ when it comes to emotions, and how all of these things contribute to the historical stereotype that men are better leaders than women. As Brazening explained, from a very early age boys are interested in completely different things than girls.
Although I don’t agree with her idea that boys are programmed to act a certain way, believe that part of their traits belongs to their biological hardwiring and the other are due to their ultra and upbringing. As it says in “The Male Brain”, at a young age boys are more likely to take risks and break rules. This relates directly with Eagle and Carols “Through the Labyrinth” when they state “women presumably evolved a strong concern with their own personal safety as well as tendencies to be fearful and anxious and to avoid danger and risk. These statements translate very well into the stereotypical man when it comes to his career. While most of the time women are afraid to take risks, as it said in the TED talk “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”, men are willing risk takers which leads to egger paybacks, especially in their careers. Women are also more concerned with how other people feel and everyone getting along, however beginning when boys are around a year old they begin ignoring their own mother’s facial expressions. At this age, the opposite happens in little girls.
They read and react to the slightest look of disappointment or anger on their mother’s face almost immediately. This could contribute to the fact that when men grow up they are more self-centered and concerned with their own career, while women are worried about how others feel. Referring again to the TED elk ‘View We Have Too Few Women Leaders”, they stated that men are more likely to take credit for their own achievements, while women give a lot of credit to those who helped and supported them. This is one of the traits that men have which give them more opportunities to be promoted and join higher ranks in the work force.
Another point that Brazening made was that during their younger years, boys are obsessed with and imitate their dads, uncles, or any other male role models that could be considered “alpha males”. Believe that this obsession with “alpha males” could lead to the strong drive hat men have to become one, whether it is in their home or their workplace. Again, strength and aggression are mentioned a lot. In her book Brazening states, “by age two, a boys brain is driving him to establish physical and social dominance. All these traits and behaviors either taught or wired into boys at such a young age, all contribute to their actions and behavior as they grow older and climb the ladders in their careers. The common issue of “men accuse women of being too emotional and women accuse men of not being emotional enough” is explained very well in the male brain. From personal experience, I have seen relationships not work out just because one person doesn’t feel the other is listening, or one doesn’t react the way the other was hoping for. After reading this book I realize that all of this due to the fact that men and women process emotions differently.
When faced with a problem, a man doesn’t respond emotionally, instead his brain looks for a way to solve it. I think Brazening says it best when she states “The male brain is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures to find a solution. This leads to others getting annoyed by male responses because they feel as if their emotions are not being acknowledged and instead are being given advice and direction that they didn’t want to hear. As hurtful as this can be in personal situations, I feel like it could be proven helpful in professional work situations.
As it says in Eagle and Carry, women usually respond in “a manner that acknowledges others rights and their own rights”, giving a more emotional response. Men also react to situations by hiding their emotions. If they are scared or nervous their instincts tell them to mask that ND not show those feelings in their facial expressions. They learn at a young age that “acting cool and hiding their fears are the unwritten laws of masculinity. ” believe that the differences in how men and women react to emotions and how they use their emotions gives men another advantage in the work force.
After comparing both “The Female Brain” and “The Male Brain”, it has changed my views a little bit about how men are natural leaders. I believe that in our society today men are better suited to handle leadership roles. The use of their aggression and self-preservation is the type of traits that get people far in their careers in our world today. It is more likely that doing whatever it takes is hardwired into a male’s brain than females. In “The Male Brain” it says “Instinctive male-male competition and hierarchical fighting is driven by both hormones and brain circuits. I interpret this as men having it built into their brains that they need to be the best no matter what. I don’t feel like women have the same instincts. Women are more worried about how others feel and their emotions. As it says in Eagle and Carry, ‘Women emerge more often than men as the social facilitators. ” This means that they trivet to help people get along but don’t usually hold much power themselves. I believe that women don’t hold as many executive jobs as men because to climb to those roles in today’s society require someone who looks out for themselves before others.
Another aspect of men fitting the leadership role better is due to the fact that they don’t react to emotions as women do. The fact that men try to come up with solutions to problems is ideal for today’s work force. The fact that they can pull of an instinctive poker face could also help when it comes to making deals, making tough decisions, ND controlling their emotions. However, I do believe that there are some leadership roles that require more of a woman’s emotions and consideration.
That being said, those leadership roles usually aren’t what we think of in our society when we think of powerful leaders. All in all, after the comparison of the male and female brain I do believe that males have quite a few biological and cultural traits that give them an advantage over women in the workforce. It’s not that I don’t believe that women can’t be successful, I just believe in order for them to climb the ladder n their careers, especially the corporate one, they need to learn some of the traits that men are born with.
Eagle and Carry put it perfectly when they say “Changes in the psychology of women and men follow from changes in their roles. ” The early development Of the brains Of boys, the differences in response to emotions between men and women, and the natural leadership qualities that men possess have been giving them an advantage in the work force. However, I feel that as society changes, women will be able to adapt and make more progress and become just as successful in their careers.