Why are men afraid when women think?

Here’s a newsflash for you guys out there: many women are multi-thinking.  Yes, they can actually think multiple thoughts simultaneously, unlike a number of you who usually think of just one thing at a time.  That means while you’re sitting across from your date at dinner focusing your mind on the steak you’re eating, she’s wondering who’ll pay for the check, will you kiss her goodnight, does she want a second date with you, are you boyfriend material, are you husband material, are you father material, and whatever else popped into her mind among all those other thoughts.  Scary?  Maybe.  And there’s not much you can do about it.

That’s because we women are blessed (or cursed, depending on how you see it) with a wide corpus callosum, that bundle of nerve fibers that connect the left and right hemispheres of the brain together.  Due to its greater width and higher number of nerve fibers, the hemispheres of a woman’s brain communicate more efficiently with each other than do those in a man’s brain.  That’s how we’re able to do things like multitasking and multi-thinking.

That’s also how I come up with different ideas that seemingly bolt out of the blue and startle my boyfriend when we’re talking about something else that may be completely unrelated.  Speaking for myself, I’m normally thinking on at least two or three levels simultaneously.  Imagine it this way: you have the main circus ring with the star attraction, but on the side you have one or even two smaller rings with other things going on at the same time.  This is how I can think about writing this blog post, what I plan to do this weekend, and how I want to celebrate my 40th birthday next year all at once.

So, what makes men afraid of women’s multi-thinking abilities?  Is it that they think they can’t keep up?  Is it that they think they’ll look stupid?  Well, guys, the next time you focus solely on the taste of that half-pound burger loaded with bacon, onions, and cheese, thank your multi-thinking girlfriend for telling you how high cholesterol is detrimental to you health while reminding you of your dry cleaning and your mother’s upcoming birthday.  Why would any man be afraid of a woman multi-thinking such things?

Why, indeed.


Multi-thinking — 8 Comments

  1. Wow! Seems to me, The corpus callosum can be a very close analogy to “broad band” internet. Back in the day of dial-up modems, you could barely stand to wait for just ONE website to load at a time. But with broadband (DSL, Cable, Fiber Optic) we are streaming video feeds while we surf the net, at the same time we are emailing pics to our friends. Hmmm… woman = DSL, man = dial-up!

    • I completely agree with you, that’s why I referred to “a number of” men in the first paragraph and not all men. I have also come across some men who are just as good at multitasking and multi-thinking as a number of women, and I have a great respect for them and men in general. And by a similar token, many but not all women are multi-thinking or multitasking. We can make generalities about the genders but there will always be exceptions.

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  3. Interesting. I’ve always said that women can mulit-task and multi-think at the same time because we need to be to do that in order to be moms, secretaries(that’s WHY most secretaries are women), bookkeepers, etc. I know it certainly comes in handy, although my husband looks at me sometimes as if I’m from another planet!

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