Started by Bender, Dec 14, 2004, 11:27 AM
Re: lack of emotionI think that people - especially men - often 'freeze' in circumstances in which others would expect them to display emotions.I think that this also happens in things like war.
When both men and women are stressed oxytocin is released in the bloodstream. This hormone encourages women to "tend and befriend" when stressed, that is, to nurture and be nurtured. The man's oxytocin is neutered by his testosterone which puts the man into the traditional "fight or flight" response which focuses on action rather than interaction. Deeds trump feelings. A woman named Shelley Taylor did the fascinating research on this and wrote a book titled "The Tending Instinct." Slowly these sorts of physiological gender differences are breaking through the lace curtain.
In males, the ability to seperate the logical and the feeling sides of our brains is a vital survival mechanism. Get in a firefight, or any combat - be hunting, or the hunted, and males will easier be able to quell panic by simply not feeling anything. It's what also gives men the ability to concentrate on a single task, and filter out any distractions.