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Armando @armando_bastida

The parents of now are not like before and that's why some of us even dare to tell them, because we are closer, more empathetic and we are more committed to taking care of our children.

Now, there is a universal phrase that must be as old as humanity and that even today, despite everything, is still valid, which says that "there is only one mother", and that could be explained, in part, because the Women's brain responds more intensely to the sadness and pain of others .

Differences between mothers and fathers

This, if extrapolated to the role of father and mother in parenting, comes to say that mothers are more affected and respond more when their child shows them pain or sadness, which more or less would be when they cry. It is not that men do not act, it is not that we do not go when they cry or they need us, it is that our brain response to these inputs is less. Scientists from the University of Navarra have come to this conclusion, who have not seen differences in the response of male and female brains to a happy face .

Apparently they wanted to study and analyze the biological roots of empathy, to know at what point of the brain and how it is produced. In some experiments they saw that when a loved person suffers pain, the same affective centers of physical pain are activated in the brain as the person who suffers it, the greater the response the greater the affection towards the person who suffers. This activation, that feeling pain without really suffering it, makes women feel compassion and can understand what the other person is living.

Moreover, in the experiments they saw that through the face of others we are already able to recognize their desires and intentions and to take charge of their inner situation. We will succeed more or we will do less, but through their non-verbal communication, through their gestures, we can intuit many things. This would be something like the first impression, the one that gives us the first information and makes us feel calm before a person that we know or believe plays clean (the cerebral areas of the reward are activated) and that makes us nervous. a person whose face shows us to be unsupportive, having little cerebral reaction.

And what is the use of knowing this?

Well, it helps us to know a little more men and women and to understand why women tend to be more attentive and willing with children, more protective, and men tend to believe that children have to wake up a little more, I do not say move from them to do everything alone, but rely more on their possibilities to find a solution to the problems that may arise.

The question is what was before, if the egg or the chicken, if the mothers react more to the crying and the pain of the children because they have always been like this or if, the result of the establishment of roles thousands of years ago, with the man trying from looking for food and the woman, with less physical aptitudes, dedicating herself to the care of the children, ended up producing the adaptation of their brains to that function of caretakers and protectors.

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