Problem Solvers and Solution Seekers—The Difference Between Intra-compared with Inter-hemispheric Connectivity
The typical male brain functions in either the right or the left hemisphere. It is suggested that this creates in men a preference for binary solutions (either/or) and that this is especially productive for problem-solving. Women’s brains, on the other hand, typically function by integrating both hemispheres (both/and); so that women understand the continuous process of creating outcomes and solutions that are not especially goal focused but continuous, iterative steps towards emerging solutions. The value of these two different modes of operating is explored. This chapter is central to an argument that runs throughout the book, which is that the feminist demand for equality needs to be replaced by a proper understanding of the value of the difference. The possible resolution of disparity between male and female pay rates will not, it is proposed, enable access to the best of both brains. Only a re-valuing of the differences will do this.