Makes you wonder o.O

Makes you wonder o.O

1. According to a study published on April 25, researchers found that estrogen increased undergraduate women’s sexual desire, while progesterone decreased it. Testosterone had very little impact either way. However, only 37 women participated in the full study.

2. A study from early April which only had a sample size of 18 found that heterosexual women on the birth control pill were more likely to be attracted to effeminate male faces. The young women were tested once off the pill and once when they were on the pill. Before taking birth control, the women reported being attracted to faces with more traditionally “masculine”.

3. In October 2012, CNN published a story reporting on a study which claimed that ovulating women were more likely to vote for a liberal candidate because they felt “sexier.”

4. A September 2011 study claimed that sex hormones could help determine men and women’s career preferences later on. The researchers studied young people with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), a genetic condition caused by being overexposed to the male sex hormone androgen in-utero, and their siblings who didn’t have CAH. They found that women with CAH were more interested in “things,” while women without CAH were more interested in people — a.k.a. girly hormones make you want to work with people later on in life and become teachers while masculine hormones make you want to be a scientist.

5. So if you’re on the pill, you like feminine men, but your hormones can also make you want to make out with a “bad boy”? According to a May 2012 study, your menstrual cycle is totally making you like that guy cruising around on his motorcycle. Researchers found that during ovulation, women pick “sexy” men over “reliable” men. (Unclear what makes someone reliable and what makes someone sexy.)

I had called bullshit to number 3 on this list when it first came out myself, so I am glad the story was pulled. What is sad is, there are so many non-ground-breaking-and-highly-result-oriented research studies, all concluding the same thing - we women are slaves to our bodily functions and are incapable of rational thought.

If these studies were true, I guess I have high amounts of CAH - I’m in no way possibly a sociopath or just anti-social. I guess I would be changing lovers weekly because while ovulating, I would want to be abused (even though I am supposedly feeling my sexiest and strongest), and other days I would genuinely be looking for a husband.

Sigh. Maybe researchers in Women Psychology need something better to concentrate on other than our hormones bring our bosses. We have heard that several times, and I call bullshit to it, even the concept of PMS is ridiculous. It is just physical pain that puts us women in a bad mood, not the hormonal changes. How about if any of the results of the above findings were influenced by external factors, such as family and social circles, and the fact that media glorifies bad boys as sexy?!

What needs attention is why 25% of American women visiting a doctor come out with anti-depressants. Could it be because doctors do not know how to deal with them so only prescribe drugs to get them to go away? Is it because they sincerely believe women to be more prone to depression? Or just gullible enough to believe they really are depressed? Is it because they read these studies and think they are helpless and want medication to alter their hormones? Now that would be a worthwhile study.

An Era of Teenage Serial Killers… Coming Soon

For the past couple of days, almost every other news article has been about gun control. Majority wrote in favor of guns, saying bizzare stuff like if the teachers had a gun, they could have stopped this.

How? By killing the attacker. Who, well, was eventually going to kill himself anyway. And what sort of example would this set for the 6yr olds in the classroom? Did pro-gun activists think of that? So whatever teacher would have shot down a disturbed kid would be proclaimed a hero, promoting yet again, murder shall save the day.

Yet still, many killers arrested are only given at most, a life sentence in prison. Why is that?

Guns are probably the easiest thing to get a hold of nowadays. I remember going with my friends to buy bullets for well, playing in a backyard shooting range. I remember seeing guns at several homes, mostly for hunting purposes. And I witnessed little children being taught by their parents how to kill an animal.

What is it that they say about serial killers? It all starts with killing animals, eh? Yeah well, expect a lot and lot more of shootings in the coming years. It is pretty much inevitable.

Whereas on one hand I did enjoy shooting a gun because of the adrenaline rush and knowing I am not aiming at any one, I still am not pro-gun. I do not believe any one other than law enforcement should own guns. The right safety measures, you wonder?

- High-profile people? Hire armed security guards.
- Feel a real sense of danger? Request cop car outside your home.
- Public places? Security guards. For crying out loud, even Walgreens has armed security.
- Hunting season? Ban it, already!! It is deer’s natural habitat. Let them over-populate if they want to. Who are we to decide who lives and who doesn’t? If people crave deer for dinner, let’s have them purchase it from stores.

I like how father-son bonding time in America is vastly hunting. Whatever happened to “let’s discuss world events and sports and business”?

My friend in Germany compared gun usage in United States to that in Europe. She wanted to call quits on the belief that Americans are more prone to violence than Europeans are. She talked about gun control becoming a federal matter. And, I absolutely agree with her.

Except for her refusing to believe who is more violent. What do I hear about on the daily in America? Gangbangers. What do I see on headlines? Shootings and people dropping dead. What do people watch on TV? Sex and violence. You see several teenage mothers, and you see several teenage gangbanging fathers. You see them accepting a lifestyle in which they would raise their children to learn from them to be the same. A vicious cycle you have to stay out from the beginning.

It’s disturbing. If this is what culture is, it is not a healthy culture. It lacks respect, it lacks decency, it lacks civilization. It is a culture of barbarians with access to advanced technology.

America, as it is known, was born on the mass murders of Natives, and it prevails on the same foundation - kill, kill, and kill. They will never eliminate murder, they will never achieve wisdom. This country will continue to move forward in ignorance. Till they eventually end up killing each other - which they already are - completely.

Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

I watched this video in my Psychology of Women class today, and I definitely agree with Sheryl. Negotiating our first salary is where we lose out. Family planning before we even have a man in our lives limits us from reaching our potential. Sure, glass ceilings exist. There is no denying that. But it’s about time we realize that we ourselves create most of the barriers by underestimating ourselves. 

 Sheryl here gives great advice to women who do want to have successful careers, and be respected for it. 

Psychopaths are actually poor managerial performers but are adept at climbing the corporate ladder because they can cover up their weaknesses by subtly charming superiors and subordinates. This makes it almost impossible to distinguish between a genuinely talented team leader and a psychopath.

Like Gordon Gekko said, “Greed is good”. And apparently, it is greed that drives them to be competitive and profitable.

Personally, I think it could be envy of successful people talking. As long as they are making a name for themselves, and working towards actually getting a return on all the investment towards their education, why stop them?

#businessMajorPride

A new study suggests that people’s ability to distinguish between what really happened and what was imagined may be determined by the presence of a fold at the front of the brain that develops late in pregnancy, and is missing entirely in 27% of people.

So, well, now I don’t blame people who go on and on about something totally ridiculous.

Lisa Wade, PhD, professor of Sociology at Occidental College, discusses hook up culture, alongside entertaining visuals, on MTV Canada’s IMPACT.

On Twitter, the researchers discovered, emotions tend to run positively in the morning, peaking around breakfast time before falling and bottoming out in the late afternoon, then rebounding again in the evening. That pattern held up across cultures and countries.

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that people who are easily embarrassed are also more trustworthy, and more generous.

And, it is linked to monogamy in relationships.

In short, embarrassment can be a good thing :)

"The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women… merely adored."

— Oscar Wilde.