Today’s article is a guest post by Angela Artemis from Powered by Intuition. It’s a pleasure to have Angela writing for TDA. Please leave Angela a comment and let her know your thoughts on this subject!
Every psychic development course I’ve ever gone to has been attended by a greater number of women than men.
Have you noticed that too?
Judging solely by the numbers, it seems that women are much more interested in developing their intuition than men are.
Could the reason for women outnumbering men in the field of intuition be based upon the fact that women are more able to tap into their intuitive faculties than men?
Does it have to do with the way women are socialized to empathize with others or could there be more of a physiological reason?
There may be a case for believing that women possess more of the biological functions necessary for being more attuned to intuitive cues, based on some recent research findings.
One of the important traits to come into play when you’re developing psychically is the ability to notice subtle changes in the way things look, or appear. Women register these subtle changes far more often than men. A woman may be able to tell from registering these subtle changes in a person’s face what emotions the person is experiencing. This is a practical and necessary skill when giving readings for clients.
Studies show that women are better at facial recognition than men. Scientists theorize that this is due to the fact that women are more interested in emotional bonding based upon their need to recognize, bond and nurture their offspring. To put this in perspective, how many days did you have to wait for your spouse to notice that you’d had a hair cut? Your wife probably noticed the minute you walked in the door. Your husband probably needed a few hints like, “Do you notice anything different about me honey?”
Women are often more aware of subtle changes in tone than men. Studies show that women have slightly better hearing than men. They derive “more” meaning from hearing the same sentence than men because of their ability to hear at a wider range. They can pick-up changes in tone more easily and from that, sense the emotional signals that are encoded in the words they’re hearing. This could explain why women are more apt to know someone is emotionally upset, even before the person has told them so.
Another reason women lean toward the more intuitive side may be due to estrogen levels. Estrogen may cause them to experience emotions more deeply, especially during certain times of their menstrual cycle. The ability to feel someone’s emotional pain and share their emotions is called empathy. Studies show that women exhibit more of an empathic response than men do and are more sensitive to emotions than men.
Comparative brain studies also show that there are physiological differences in men and women’s brains and that the way information is processed due to those differences is why women and men respond to the same input so differently. Women tend to emote more and are more sensitive to feelings when communicating, while men are more solution oriented and logical.
While all of this information supports the case for women’s physiology being more conducive to intuition, a 2006 study conducted by Dr. Richard Wiseman asking men and women to identify “fake smiles” versus “sincere smiles” had more men guessing correctly over the women respondents. So what can we conclude from this? Men are better at guessing whose smile is genuine over women, or are men equally as intuitive as females? Or, perhaps it means men are better at identifying mates to have sex with? Maybe knowing who is sincerely interested in them versus disingenuous is an important factor in propagating our species?
My own ‘gut feeling’ is that in addition to possible biological factors giving women the intuitive edge, women are socialized to be more comfortable expressing and discussing emotions and this allows them to express their intuitive side more easily. Expressing effusive emotion hasn’t been a socially acceptable behavior for men, and while that may be changing, for the most part men still refrain in larger numbers than women from doing things that are classified as “touchy feely” such as actively using or developing their intuition.
At Powered by Intuition, I focus on intuition development as a success skill and do receive a fair amount of questions from male readers. Perhaps if more men were aware of the practical uses for their intuition they wouldn’t be so fast to shy away from developing their intuition. Personally, I’d love to see more men open up to developing their intuition. Years ago I dated a psychic and found it quite exciting to have met my intuitive match! Not to mention that he always knew just what I wanted…….’nuff said!
What are your views on which of the sexes is more intuitive? Were there any specific experiences that helped you arrive at this conclusion? Do you have any ideas on how we can help men become more comfortable with their intuition?
Angela Artemis is an author, blogger, intuitive coach, and clairvoyant from the New York area. She’s also a financial salesperson with 25 year background in financial planning, private banking and real estate finance. She blogs at: www.PoweredbyIntuition.com