New research suggests that not all women think like women – and some men do! Seems it’s not our gender but our brain’s gender that determines whether we’re from Mars, Venus or some other planet.
The female brain is geared for empathy and to understand others. The male one however, is hard-wired to find out how things work. Our grey matter influences how we talk, express emotions and use our intuition.
But not all females have completely female brains, nor do men have completely male ones!
Take our test to find out which gender your brain is…
1. You’ve just had a heated argument with a colleague about a project that wasn’t finished on time. How do you react?
a. You end up distressed and in floods of tears, imagining the worst. You are afraid that you could even lose your job.
b. You find the argument stressful but, after analysing it, you decide to put it to the back of your mind and move on.
c. After things have calmed down, you don’t think about it again. These things are always forgotten the next day.
2. On a trip, your partner decides to try a new route. He asks you to navigate. How do you feel?
a. Out of your comfort zone! You have absolutely no sense of direction and if it all goes wrong, it’ll be your fault. You’re panicking. Help!
b. Okay. It’s not your favourite job, though, because you have to concentrate when it comes to map-reading.
c. Really happy. You’d actually rather map-read than drive.
3. You speak to a good friend on the phone. Can you tell what mood she’s in, just from her tone of voice?
a. Yes, always.
b. Only after you’ve been speaking for a few minutes.
c. No, you’re not very perceptive; you’d need to see her in person.
4. You discover your toxic ex has been spreading rumours about you. Do you…
a. Confront him about his behaviour as calmly as possible?
b. Call your best friend and have a good, long bitch about him?
c. Want to scream, shout, get revenge and break things?
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5. You’re going on holiday. At the airport, what do you buy to read?
a. A magazine featuring gossip, celebrity, news and juicy real-life reads.
b. A critically acclaimed bestseller.
c. A historical novel or nonfiction – you’d rather be learning something.
6. You disagree with your mother’s opinion. You say:
a. ‘You’re right, but have you ever thought of it this way?’
b. ‘I agree with you to a certain extent. However…’
c. ‘You’re wrong.’
7. When meeting your best friend‘s new workmates, what’s your ‘please like me’ plan?
a. You hang back, assessing how best to join in the topic of conversation.
b. You initially keep quiet but within an hour or so, you’ve joined the chat.
c. You jump straight in and suddenly you’re the centre of attention.
8. You’re feeling down and in need of some TLC. Would you tell your friends?
a. Absolutely. You always share your problems, no matter how personal.
b. Maybe. But something has to really bother you to bring it up.
c. Not really. You’re more of a ‘keep my troubles private’ person.
YOU HAVE A FEMALE BRAIN
Like the majority of women, you have a female empathising brain, which means you love spending time with your friends and family, developing relationships and caring for those around you. That may sound like a cliche but it does have a scientific grounding. Beware that you don’t go so OTT worrying about others that you forget to look after yourself. You tend to react emotionally to disagreement or crises, and can be liable to overreact. Try to keep situations in perspective.
YOU HAVE A BALANCED BRAIN
Experts believe that a balanced brain is the best type of brain to have. It means you’re an all-rounder: you feel as comfortable counselling someone through a break-up as you do changing a tyre. You find it easy to mix with groups of people, you are very self-aware and you have a sensitive side – you’re the one people turn to in a crisis. Remember that being able to do it all doesn’t mean you must – find a balance in your life too.
YOU HAVE A MALE BRAIN
About one-fifth of women have a male systemising brain. It means that you’re good at determining how things work and you’re a rational character who prefers practical activities to emotional chats. You’re the first to take control of a difficult situation and are renowned for straight talking. This can land you in trouble with others – especially those with empathetic female brains. Think more carefully before you say anything. And work on your social skills – people with male brains can be regarded as difficult because they aren’t always good at them.