Exploring the Gender Dance: The Brain Science Behind Our Feminine and Masculine Minds with Gertrude Lyons Ph.D. & Andrew Reiner MA
Original Air Date Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Men’s and women’s brains share 98% of the same genetic structural makeup. So, why is it common to treat boys and girls differently? Why are boys shamed for displaying their emotions and girls not encouraged to become strong leaders? Why do we promote emotional differences in the all-to-common male versus female storyline? To discover strategies for creating more emotionally balanced humans, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two experts in gender-related topics. Dr. Gertrude Lyons discusses the transition back to a balance of feminine and masculine energies in positions of leadership around the world. And, Andrew Reiner discusses research from his book, Better Boys, Better Men about the disservice of promoting emotional detachment when we talk to boys and the benefits of communicating differently.
Dr. Gertrude Lyons — The Re-Emergence of Feminine Leaders:
- Are female and male brains different? [3:12]
- Written history and the exploration for science are noted as reasons humans shifted from matriarchal to patriarchal societies. [6:30]
- Great leaders have a balance of feminine and masculine energies. [8:22]
- There is a great yearning for inclusivity which is demonstrated by the voting of women into leadership roles. [11:29]
- Why women make good leaders: Referencing the handling of the pandemic as an example. [17:40]
- How young men are changing the script of what is a masculine identity. [27:05]
- How sports and coaches teach boys to detach from their emotions. [32:34]
- The 2% difference in male and female brains is negligible yet emotional regulation develops at a different pace. [36:29]
- Lisa shares her parental experience in communicating differently with her son and daughter. [45:36]
Book: Better Boys, Better Men: The New Masculinity That Creates Greater Courage and Emotional Resiliency
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