If the following question were posed, how would you respond: Who talks more, men or women?
Trusting our gut, many of us would confidently respond with “women” based on stereotypes we’ve all heard before as well as the highly publicized research by respected authors like Deborah Tannen, Ph.D. and John Gray, Ph.D.
In her groundbreaking book titled You Just Don’t Understand, Dr. Tannen makes the point that boys and girls grow up in a different world of words. As a result, at times the talk between men and women is analogous to cross-cultural communication. Additionally, John Gray, Ph.D, is well-known for his book: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, which also tackles the subject of gender differences in communication. Certainly there is no shortage of research in the literature when it comes to how men communicate vs. how women communicate.
If you return to my original question (Who talks more, men or women?) there really wasn’t any substantive data to support choosing one gender over the other…until now. It seems the answer may lie in the protein FOXP2 as cited by a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience click here to read the article.
While this article presents some interesting findings, it left me pondering yet another question which is: Is it necessarily better to speak more?
As always, I can’t wait to hear from you…