It’s precisely nine minutes past three in the morning, Saturday morning, but since I haven’t slept yet it is still counted as Friday night. Okay so here I am at three in the morning on a Friday night, tired after a long week at work, eyes about to pop off, backache reaching the point of no return, a small headache marching from the back of the head to the eyes and then back, but yet I stay awake. Because it’s Friday night, silly, and you are forgiven for staying up late because the next day is a holiday and you can sleep right through lunch and have your breakfast at four in the afternoon.
Am I the only one, or is there anyone out there who is also afflicted by this Friday night staying up marathon? And nothing important is done in these extra hours. Chat with some friends online, read a few blogs, read the morning newspaper, listen to some old songs, drink an extra cup or two of tea, stand in the balcony and watch the street below, etc.
Today on the way home from work I told a colleague I would forget about the office for the next two days. And that is exactly what I will do, and what I always do, not only on the weekends but during the weekdays too. Maybe I have compartmentalized my brain in such a way that it only processes the events that are happening at that particular moment. When I am at home I don’t even think of the office until I actually reach the place, swipe my access card and step inside the building. And I forget all about my pending bills and landlord visits and blocked drains until I climb the three floors to my apartment and open the door again.
I did a google search on compartmentalizing the brain and the results led me to the differences between male and female brain. I did some more searches and found a lot of scientific explanations and psychological stuff which I'm sure you wouldn’t want to read because I too didn’t read them since they contained big words and scientific terms and three in the morning is no time to wipe the dust off your fat dictionary.
But I found this, it is an easy read, so here goes-
• The male brain is highly specialized, using specific parts of one hemisphere or the other to accomplish specific tasks. The female brain is more diffused and utilizes significant portions of both hemispheres for a variety of tasks.
• Men are able to focus on narrow issues and block out unrelated information and distractions. Women naturally see everyday things from a broader, "big-picture" vantage point.
• Men can narrowly focus their brains on specific tasks or activities for long periods of time without tiring. Women are better equipped to divide their attention among multiple activities or tasks.
• Men are able to separate information, stimulus, emotions, relationships, etc. into separate compartments in their brains, while women tend to link everything together.
• Men see individual issues with parts of their brain, while women look at the holistic or multiple issues with their whole brain (both hemispheres).
• Men have as much as 20 times more testosterone in their systems than do women. This makes men typically more aggressive, dominant and more narrowly focused on the physical aspects of sex.
• In men, the dominant perceptual sense is vision, which is typically not the case with women. All of a woman's senses are, in some respects, more finely tuned than those of a man.
• Pornographers incorporate male/female differences into the design and marketing of their wares. Just because something might not appeal to a man doesn't mean that a woman won't be attracted to it and vice versa.
My further wanderings took me to the left brained – right brained subject. There are again loads of stuff on the subject, plenty of tests available online, a few links below. Let me know your results.
|Right Brain Inventory||Left Brain Inventory|
|Visual, focusing on images, patterns||Verbal, focusing on words, symbols, numbers|
|Intuitive, led by feelings||Analytical, led by logic|
|Process ideas simultaneously||Process ideas sequentially, step by step|
|Mind photos' used to remember things, writing things down or illustrating them helps you remember||Words used to remember things, remember names rather than faces|
|Make lateral connections from information||Make logical deductions from information|
|See the whole first, then the details||Work up to the whole step by step, focusing on details, information organized|
|Organization ends to be lacking||Highly organized|
|Free association||Like making lists and planning|
|Like to know why you're doing something or why rules exist (reasons)||Likely to follow rules without questioning them|
|No sense of time||Good at keeping track of time|
|May have trouble with spelling and finding words to express yourself||Spelling and mathematical formula easily memorized|
|Enjoy touching and feeling actual objects (sensory input)||Enjoy observing|
|Trouble prioritizing, so often late, impulsive||Plan ahead|
|Unlikely to read instruction manual before trying||Likely read an instruction manual before trying|
|Listen to how something is being said||Listen to what is being said|
|Talk with your hands||Rarely use gestures when talking|
|Likely to think you're naturally creative, but need to apply yourself to develop your potential||Likely to believe you're not creative, need to be willing to try and take risks to develop your potential|
By the way, I am left brained.