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January 25, 2013

Did you notice? Men and Women are different

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NORMAN —

When it comes to problem solving, men are the champions. Let’s pretend a woman wants to talk (now guys, it’s not as scary as you may think). She simply had a bad day with a few problems thrown in and wants to vent. But that is not all that will happen.

The guy will half listen while part of his brain is seeking and finding solutions to her problems. In other words, guys are naturally fixers. Unfortunately, she does not want anything fixed. She just wants to talk without an actual problem solving goal in mind. Poor guy will not see the blow until it lands. “I just wanted to talk,” she wails, frustrated by his lack of understanding.

On the other hand, when women talk with women everyone listens. Well …most everyone listens. Unfortunately, I must have passed too close to the fixer line before I was hatched because when you tell me your problem, I will have a solution. Yep. I confess. I am a fixer. What can I say? It’s a genetic flaw I happen to enjoy having.

Now let us move on to cleanliness. And please note that a clean freak is telling you this tale.

Women use gloves or something besides their hands to touch a yucky clog in the sink. But a man is different. I watched in abject horror as one of the suits in our office kept poking the clog with his bear finger until he had some of the gunk in his hand and the rest went down the drain. I nearly tossed my cookies, but that would have clogged the drain again.

All I can say is vive la différence.

Elizabeth Cowan is a freelance writer and author. Check out her suspense novel “The Dionysus Connection” available on Amazon. Visit her website www.elizabethcowan.com.

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