Tuesday, September 14, 2010

10 things to know about a woman’s brain! (& some astrology)

The common belief is that it is difficult to understand the mind of a woman.  This article from a recent edition of livescience.com says that the reason for that lies in the biological factors that make up a woman. It lists down 10 attributes commonly found in women, but can not be detected or understood by others. All these attributes were deduced after research into various factors regulated by the brain activity of women. The one-line explanation for why a woman behaves in certain ways is that she has a Female brain. Men and women do not think alike nor react in the same way to an issue.

This reminds me of the wonderful explanations that pertain to women-only in astrology. Moon and Venus are regarded as female planets. The reasons are strikingly closer to what this livescience article has brought out.

The primary reason why these two planets are known as female planets is that it is difficult to see their exact nature like how it is difficult or even impossible to fathom a woman's mind. The very nature of a woman is not to reveal everything in her mind. She always has some amount of caution or doubt or suspicion or call whatever you may and will retain some level of secrecy about herself. Perhaps that makes her attractive to others. The attractive potential of moon and Venus depends on such kind of secrecy that they reveal themselves only in phases!

The foremost feature of these two planets is that they never show their other side to us on the earth. They have waxing and waning phases and show a part of their being at any time. Even when the moon attains fullness on Pournami (Full moon day), its other side always remains away form us or not seen by us. 

Another predominantly feminine nature is wavering-ness and it is associated with the changing phases of these two planets.

The beauty of these planets is associated with soft and non- aggressive nature and that is also amply brought out in this article.

Moon is associated with imagination, creativity and intuition. It stands for motherhood and motherliness. Venus is a rajasic planet that kindles passion. It stands for beauty, comforts, artistic nature, desire and happy disposition – all of which are inherently ingrained in a woman's brain.

According to astrology, the pair of man and woman changes at day and night. For those born in the day time, the male or father significances are related to sun and of the mother to Venus. For those born at night time, the father is Saturn and the mother is the moon. So the difference between these female planets can be deduced from the day – night differences. The aggressiveness of a female is not a male attribute but a Venusian attribute of the sunlight time. Whereas the moon - person would be subdued and may even turn to depression as the moon's pair at night is Saturn, the slow, sluggish, and melancholic planet. Like this we can keep on relating the relevance of female planets to what we actually see in a woman. This article throws light on one facet of the genius of our seers who had designed the science of astrology.


-         jayasree





10 Things Every Man Should Know about a Woman's Brain


10. She loves risk during the mature years

Once The Change has finished, and the body moves into its "advanced" stage, the female brain gets a second wind. While men start to show increased interest in relationships as they age, the mature woman becomes ready to risk conflict ¾ especially if her nest is now empty.

She may continue to feel motivated to help others, but her focus might shift from her immediate family to local and global communities. She may also feel a strong desire to do more for herself, and her career, after decades of caretaking, explains Brizendine.

Whether she sows her newly wild oats with whirlwind travel, going back to school, or by playing the field depends on the individual, of course. But for many 50-plus women the twilight years are characterized by an increased "zest" for life and a hearty appetite for adventure.

9. She goes through adolescence twice

No one wants to go through adolescence again. Its physical changes and hormonal fluctuations not only create mood swings and physical discomfort but nagging questions about self-identity as well.

Women, however, lucky girls, get to do just that. They go through a "second adolescence" called perimenopause in their 40s. It starts around age 43 and reaches its pinnacle by 47 or 48 years old. (Men's hormones also change as they age, but not nearly as abruptly.) In addition to erratic periods and night sweats, a woman's hormones during this transition are so crazed she can be as moody as a teenager.
The duration of perimenopause varies from two to nine years, with most women leaving it behind by age 52.

8. She is affected by mommy brain

The physical, hormonal, emotional and social changes facing a woman directly after giving birth can be monumental. "And because everything else has changed, she needs everything else to be as predictable as possible, including the husband," Brizendine said.

Over the course of evolution, it was rare for our maternal ancestors to be full-time mothers, said Brizendine, because there was always kin-folk around to help with child rearing. And a mother needs a lot of support, not only for her own sake but for the child's as well. Her ability to adequately respond to her infant can impact the child's developing nervous system and temperament, research shows.

One way Mother Nature tries to help is through breastfeeding. Nursing may help women deal with some types of stress, studies suggest. (Too much stress, however, can disrupt lactation.) One study even found that breastfeeding might be more rewarding to the female brain than cocaine. The research was published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2005.

7. She is affected by pregnant brain

Progesterone increases 30-fold in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, causing most women to become very sedated, Brizendine said. "Progesterone is a great sleeping pill."

A woman's brain also shrinks during pregnancy, becoming about 4-percent smaller by the time she delivers, according to a 2002 study published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. (Don't worry; it returns to normal size by six months after delivery.)

Whether pregnancy causes women to think differently is controversial -- one recent study linked memory problems to pregnancy hormones -- but some researchers have suggested the changes prepare brain circuits that guide maternal behavior.

These circuits likely continue to develop after birth. Handling a baby releases maternal hormones, even among females who have never been pregnant, found researchers at Tufts University. While measured in rats, the finding offers a chemical understanding of the bonding that can occur among foster moms and children.
The study was published in the journal Developmental Psychobiology in 2004.


6. She is easily turned off

"A women's sex drive is much more easily upset than a guy's," Brizendine said.
For women to get in the mood, and especially to have an orgasm, certain areas of her brain have to shut off. And any number of things can turn them back on.

A woman may refuse a man's advances because she is angry, feeling distrustful -- or even, because her feet are chilly, studies show. Pregnancy, caring for small children and menopause can also take a toll on a woman's sex drive (although some women experience a renewed interest in sex after The Change.)
Best advice for a turned-on dude? Plan ahead.

"For guys, foreplay is everything that happens three minutes before insertion. For women, it is everything that happens 24 hours beforehand," Brizendine said.

5. She avoids aggression

Stressful situations are known to spur the "fight or flight" response in men, but researchers have suggested that women, after sensing a threat, instinctually try to "tend or befriend." That is, they skirt physical responses in favor of forming strategic, even manipulative, alliances.

Women may have evolved to avoid physical aggression because of the greater dependence of children on their survival, suggests Anne Campbell of Durham University. (In ancient hunter-gatherer days, men only needed to do the deed to spread their genes, while women had to stay alive long enough to birth and raise the young.)

"It is not that females are not aggressive, it is that they are aggressive in different ways," said evolutionary psychologist Daniel Kruger of the University of Michigan. They tend to use more indirect forms of confrontation, he told LiveScience.

4. She responds to pain and anxiety differently

Brain-imaging studies over the last 10 years have shown that male and female brains respond differently to pain and fear. And, women's brains may be the more sensitive of the two.

The female brain is not only more responsive to small amounts of stress but is less able to habituate to high levels of stress, said Debra Bangasser of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, describing her recent research looking at molecular changes in the brain. Bangasser's research was conducted in rats but is considered potentially applicable to humans.

Stress sensitivity may have some benefits; it shifts one's mental state from being narrowly focused to being more flexibly and openly aware. But if the anxiety is prolonged, it can be damaging. Such findings may help explain why women are more prone to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, the researchers told LiveScience.

The research was published in the June 2010 issue of Molecular Psychiatry.

3. She hates conflict (but lack of response even more)

Women may also have evolved extra-sensitivity to interpersonal cues as a way to avoid conflict, a state that can feel intolerable to women, according to Brizendine. The flood of chemicals that takes over the female brain during a conflict -- especially within an intimate relationship -- is almost on the same order as a seizure, she explains.

Possibly because of their overachievement in "mind reading," women often find blank expressions, or a lack of response, completely unbearable. A young girl will go to great lengths trying to get a response from a mime while a boy will not be nearly so determined, Brizendine said. For females in particular, a negative response may be better than no response at all.

2. She really is intuitive (though not magic)

Men can have the uncomfortable feeling that women are mind readers or psychics, Brizendine said. But women's intuition is likely more biological than mystical.
Over the course of evolution, women may have been selected for their ability to keep young preverbal humans alive, which involves deducing what an infant or child needs -- warmth, food, discipline -- without it being directly communicated. This is one explanation for why women consistently score higher than men on tests that require reading nonverbal cues. Women not only better remember the physical appearances of others but also more correctly identify the unspoken messages conveyed in facial expressions, postures and tones of voice, studies show.

This skill, however, is not limited to childrearing. Women often use it tell what bosses, husbands and even strangers are thinking and planning.


1. She changes every day based on her cycle

Affecting up to 80 percent of women, PMS is a familiar scapegoat. But women are affected by their cycles every day of the month. Hormone levels are constantly changing in a woman's brain and body, changing her outlook, energy and sensitivity along with them.

About 10 days after the onset of menstruation, right before ovulation, women often feel sassier, Brizendine told LiveScience. Unconsciously, they dress sexier as surges in estrogen and testosterone prompt them to look for sexual opportunities during this particularly fertile period.

A week later, there is a rise in progesterone, the hormone that mimics valium, making women "feel like cuddling up with a hot cup of tea and a good book," Brizendine said. The following week, progesterone withdrawal can make women weepy and easily irritated. "We call it crying over dog commercials crying," Brizendine said.

For most women, their mood reaches its worst 12-24 hours before their period starts. "It is not entirely an issue of free will," Brizendine stressed.


h e m a n t h said...

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Kalaivani said...

Hi Jeya madam....
Interesting prespective of a lady's mind from astrology and biology.
Personally feel that lady has the most softest nature and yet at times even more strong willed/adamant than the most aggresive guy.So ironical.
You had mentioned that venus and moon are female planets. Just curious on what basis are other planets are assigned their gender?I understand from your article, like woman, venus and moon have phases ( change everday like how ladies have different mood), so they are called female planets.

jayasree said...

Thanks Mr Hemanth.
I left a comment in your blog. Please keep sharing your views and discoveries on the past history of Tamils.

jayasree said...

Thanks for the comment Ms Kalaivani.

All planets have been assigned significances (karakatwas) on some rationale only. There are only 4 basics in astrology. They are the stars, planets, signs (rasi) and bhavas (houses as reckoned at birth time). Numerous attributes are attached to these 4. A skillful interpretation of these 4 is what astrology is all about. These attributes have some relevance or basics which we can relate and remember.

With today's newer discoveries, we are in for a pleasant surprise to know that astrology is indeed connected to the science of the planets. We find new scientific revelations matching with what astrology says.

The phases of moon is an obvious thing, but the phases of venus could not have been known to man for a long time. But our seers had known them.

Another example I can quote is about the exaltation and debilitation signs of planets. These signs were not mentioned just like that. Exaltation means the planet attains some kind of strength at its maximum level. The Cassini probe has shown that Saturn has its peak summer in its northern hemisphere when it reaches Libra. Libra is the exaltation sign of Saturn. Always North is associated with auspiciousness and strength. When Saturn gets its peak summer in its North, that has been noted as its exalted time.

Issa said...

Hi, I was looking for an article on how women could overcome their nervous nature..and 'found your blog..these info don't excuse us for our flaws and faults but let us understand why we behave in a certain way involuntarily..

Thanks for this. You may want to visit my blog,too.


E.Chandramouli or ECM from CEG-65, Guindy said...

Dear Jaya,
I enjoy reading yr astrological post in yr blog.
is it truee....?????

Washington, Jan 15 (IANS) Astronomers suggest an overhaul in the process of defining horoscope on the basis of one's birth date as the earth's position vis-a-vis the sun and other stars has changed since the astrological signs were determined over 2,000 years ago.

According to astronomers, the 'real' dates of all the 12 astrological signs will be altered for about a period of 30 days.

Here are the 'new' dates of astrological signs:

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Ophiuchus: Nov 29 to Dec 17.

Sagittarius: Dec 17 to Jan 20.

ever LAF

jayasree said...

Dear Mr Chandramouli,
Thanks for writing. There is no change according to Hindu system of astrology. Only western system is in disarray. I will write a separate post on this issue in a day or two.

jayasree said...

Dear Mr Chandramouli,
I have posted an article on the shifting signs and the inclusion of 13th sign.