Myths and Misinformation about Men and Women
Through the centuries there was a lot of questions and debates about differences between men and women, thus lots of myths and misinformation were created. Some of them are still among us, but some are proved to be wrong. Unfortunately, even those myths are proved to be wrong, they persist in our surrounding and in many people’s heads and convictions. Here are the most represented.
1. Hairy men are stronger
Jewish folk hero Samson lost his strength when Delilah cut off his hair. It was a nice story, and the belief that a man’s virility and strength lie in his hair lasted for a long time. But this is only a legend. Hair is already dead when breaks out the skin and therefore it can not do anything to contribute to the strength of its owner.
2. Only feeble-minded people can be hypnotized
In fact, the feebleminded, submissive people are the least susceptible to hypnosis. The best subjects are those who can focus their thoughts in a certain direction and this ability is an attribute of high intelligence. Secondly, it is a false belief that a person can be hypnotized unknowingly or against its will. This cannot be done without the subject’s cooperation. Also, you can not convince a person under hypnosis to do something that it is disgusting, or normally not in conformity with its character.
3. Men have one rib less than women
The fact is that men and women have exactly the same number of ribs – 12. The misconception is probably due to statements in the book of Genesis that God took a rib from Adam while he was asleep and that made ??him Eve out of the rib. Although the men’s and women’s bones in most cases differ in size, only in one case, there is sometimes a numerical difference – coccygeal or caudal vertebra. Women often have in their coccygeal bone one vertebra less than men.
4. Female’s brain is smaller than male’s
Taking into account the proportional size of the body, brain weight in both sexes is about the same. Brain size varies only in proportion with weight, height, age and race. There are, however, no evidence that brain size has something to do with the intelligence of its owner.
5. Weak chin = weak character
There is an opinion that people with poorly developed chin do not have a strong character. However, this opinion is backed by nothing in the facts of life. Prussian King Frederick the Great, Queen Victoria, the famous Bronte sisters – all of them had poorly developed chin, but they were strong personalities. Confusion seems to be encouraged by the tendency of the early writers with their urge to better describe their fictional characters, and to relate physical and psychological characteristics. A boxer, for example, or an unscrupulous business tycoon are described “strong, jutting chin,” while criminals are described as people with “low-forehead and close-together near eyes”. Criminologists say there are no such things as “criminal facial features.” The study of the human faces as reflections of the character is not a science, it is nothing but superstition.