My Girlie Brain

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In their efforts to understand autism, researchers have found that not only is autism a predominantly male condition, but a type of autism called Aspergers Syndrome seems to reflect a sort of extreme male brain. Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen’s theory is that the female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy, and   the male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems. He calls it the empathizing-systemizing (E-S) theory.

Empathizing is the drive to identify another person’s emotions and thoughts, and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. The empathizer intuitively figures out how people are feeling, and how to treat people with care and sensitivity.

Systemizing is the drive to analyze and explore a system, to extract underlying rules that govern the behavior of a system; and the drive to construct systems.

A key feature of this theory is that your sex cannot tell you which type of brain you have. Not all men have the male brain, and not all women have the female brain. The central claim of this new theory is only that on average, more males than females have a brain of type S, and more females than males have a brain of type E.

This has been great news for me personally!   I used to joke that I had only one brain lobe, and now my test scores reveal the truth: I have Extreme Girlie Brain! My female brain quotient is nearly off the chart. My male brain quotient is a dismal 4 on a scale of 1 to 80. (The average female score here is between 20 and 30.) No wonder I can’t read maps or work the remote!   Baron-Cohen believes that his theory predicts the existence of an extreme female brain, but he notes that such a condition would not be easily recognized as a disability. Women who are impaired at systemizing but gifted at empathizing could attract males to set up a home theater system, for example…

Such has been my life. I am smart in one way but retarded in another. I’ve been able to get by via my superior Girlie Brain. I don’t know how to open the hood of my car, but I can tell if you need cheering up. I can save your marriage by directing you to drop the fight and give your spouse oral sex, ASAP. I can also tell Lancome Roulette Red from Holiday Red, which I believe has served to put a roof over my head and a computer in front of me.

Read more here.

Take the tests here.

I would love to hear how you score!

11 Responses to “My Girlie Brain”

  1. Q'tee Says:

    Hmmm… I’m female and my female score is 55, a bit above average. However, my male score is 49, which is also above average…! I might even have Aperger Syndrome, as some people who have that also score in this region… Strange! Fun tests, but how reliable are they? The outcome is quite predictable if you see the questions and answers, but still interesting!

  2. Elena Says:

    i scored 31 on the autism spectrum quotient :P 33 on the empathy quotient (i think this is too low even for me), and 38 on the systemizing quotient. and yeah i’m female. no wonder i’m having such a good time!

  3. hammie Says:

    i’m afraid to take that test…..
    xx

  4. Godammit, I’m Mad! » Blog Archive » My Blog Spot* Says:

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  5. WCGB Says:

    I’m pretty sure that Simon B-C is Sasha B-C’s brother. Their mother must have exploded from pride years ago.

  6. Sister Wolf Says:

    WCGB -First cousins!

  7. Godammit, I’m Mad! » Blog Archive » Keith or Anita? Says:

    [...] dresses and heels makes me feel ridiculous. Hats, too. And yet I am a girlie girl with a Girlie Brain who hoards lipstick, jewelry and nail polish. I just feel more myself when dressed like a tomboy. [...]

  8. SummerAdeline Says:

    Systemizing – 18 (out of 80)
    Empathy – 38 (out of 80)
    Autism Spectrum – 21 (out of 50)
    Mind in The Eyes – 27 (out of 36)

    Sounds about right!! Love you!!

  9. Sister Wolf Says:

    SummerAdeline – Surprised your empathy quotient isn’t higher. Don’t forget that my systemizing is 4! 4 out of 80! No brain action at all in that area!

  10. Fabio Says:

    ti scrivo in italiano perchè è più semplice esprimermi col concetto che voglio condividere, spero che il traduttore automatico svolga il suo compito.
    ho conosciuto te e Urville attraverso una trasmissione televisiva su RAI5 che si occupava di cervelli fuori dall’ordinario, ti confesso mi sono fermato su quel canale perchè c’era un fotogramma dove Gilles disegnava il top di un grattacielo e questo mi ha ricordato quando da adolescente disegnavo grattecieli pure io , limitandomi a disegnare il singolo edificio in prospettiva o al massimo una strada, con più grattacieli, seguendo la trasmissione ho scoperto che pure il Lego faceva parte del tuo mondo come del mio.
    un altra mia fissazione era quella di contare tutti i piani dei pochi grattacieli di milano, poi una volta in costa azzurra rimasi affascinato dalle “vele” di antibes credo .
    Comunque tornando ai cervelli fuori dall’ordinario da italiano posso dire che è una fortuna che esistano e che siano diversi e superiori agli altri anche se hanno dei meccanismi di pensiero diversi dal comune e talvolta diventa difficoltosa la comunicazione ed il feeling, ma chi se ne frega! se non fossero esistiti Leonardo da Vinci o Galileo Galilei ( e come loro molti altri italiani prima e dopo il rinascimento). non so la loro empatia come potesse essere misurabile al tempo, ma sicuramente avevano menti superiori e caratteri difficili.
    io non ho nulla di tutto ciò, a scuola sono sempre stato una capra e voti bassissimi, la mia immaginazione e creatività è limitata e talvolta ho l’impressione che mi sfugga qualcosa quando mi trovo in un gruppo di persone che parlano, però ho una grande fortuna, sogno tantissimo, il 90% dei sogni che faccio li dimentico probabilmente e di quelli che ricordo probabilmente ne ricordo il 10%, ma quando sono nei miei sogni, belli o brutti che siano so di vivere un’altra vita, talvolta in luoghi così fantastici che sarebbe difficoltoso ricostruirli. tutto ciò mi affascina e credo che sia meraviglioso! vorrei capire di più sul funzionamento della mente quando sogna, quanto sia influenzabile dalla realtà e quanto invece costruisca da sola situazioni o luoghi prescindendo dal reale! potete aiutarmi?

  11. Fabio Says:

    credo che il traduttore automatico abbia fatto confusione di vocaboli

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