Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sorry To Break it To You, Married Guys,
But This is What Awaits You Eventually

'But as Sylvia hit menopause, the filters came off, her irritability increased, and her anger wasn't headed for that extra 'stomach' anymore, to be chewed over before it came out. Her ratio of testosterone to estrogen was shifting, and her anger pathways were becoming more like a man's. The calming effects of progesterone and oxytocin weren't there to cool off the anger either. The couple never learned to process and resolve their disagreements. Now Sylvia confronted Robert with regularity, venting decades of pent-up rage.'
--From The Female Brain, by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine.

10 Comments:

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

Fortunately, a woman created the bovine metaphor of an extra stomach for chewing an anger cud. If Robert had done it, R.I.P. Bob.

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger Jill said...

John, I think I missed something. You're intimating that such changes are...bad? :)

 
At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

(Cue M├Ądchen)

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Jill, that made me laugh. But I know you'll be the happy exception!

 
At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Lou said...

The thing that I'm stuck on is the word "change", as if then will be any different from now....if my wife reads this, just kidding.

Hart, Russell and Rayburn but no cherry blossoms at the Mayflower.

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Yes, wives (Jill excepted) should just stay away from this one, mine especially. Or at least have a sense of humor if they happen to come upon it. But Lou, I'm sure Jackie is full of good humor already, since she has lived with you for years.
And maybe sometime you can explain those elusive D.C. references.

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Lou said...

Current location.

 
At 5:34 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I got it. You sure have been spending lots of time in the capital lately. Lucky you.

 
At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Lou said...

It doesn't come close to the time spent this spring/summer at 77 South High Street, so I will take the halls of Congress this week, Mayflower service and crusty cab drivers and say "thank you very much".

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Just be sure to stay away from the "Mayflower madame." That is one great, old-fashioned hotel, Lou, and located in the center of everything. Great choice of hotels. Certainly nothing remotely as picturesque and interesting in Cow Town, otherwise known as Columbus.

 

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