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 brains from both genders 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]
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Gertrude Lyons Ph.D.

Dr. Gertrude Lyons received her BBA in Finance and Accounting from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, her MA in Psychology from Antioch University McGregor School, and her EdD and MA in Transformational Leadership and Coaching at the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. She currently serves as the Director of Family Programs for The Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential.



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Andrew Reiner — The Male Mind:

  • 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 because of their gender. [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]


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Andrew Reiner MA

Andrew Reiner MA is a professor at Towson University, where he offers the seminar “The Changing Face of Masculinity.” He has written on masculinity and men’s issues for the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, and Italy’s la Repubblica. His work has been featured on NPR, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and in Men’s Health, Forbes, and The Guardian. He speaks about masculinity regularly at schools and conferences around the world.

Book: Better Boys, Better Men: The New Masculinity That Creates Greater Courage and Emotional Resiliency


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