Anyone want to amuse me for a bit?
Simon Baron-Cohen (a psychologist) has this theory that classifies people on the basis of their scores along two dimensions - systemising and the empathising. It's a bit women's weekly, but interesting nevertheless.
According to Baron-Cohen, there are 5 brain types:
- Extreme Type S, whose systemizing is above average but whose empathy is below average (S>>E).
- Type S, whose systemizing at a significantly higher level than their empathy (S>E).
- Type B (for balanced), whose empathy is at the same level as their systemizing (E=S).
- Type E, whose empathy is at a significantly higher level than their systemizing (E>S).
- Extreme Type E, whose empathy is above average but whose systemizing is below average (E>>S)
Ex S - 5% men, almost 0% women (Many ASD are in this category)
S - 50% men, 15% women
B - 30% men, 30% women
E - 15% men, 50% women
Ex E - almost 0% men, 5% women
If you studied engineering at uni, you are probably in the S category. Or extreme S.
I'm interested in how this theory may be useful in thinking about church. My denomination is one that appeals to S types. Systematic theology is what we're famous for. There is a rule and procedure for everything. Many of our ministers used to be engineers. And they are all men. I think it likely that we have a disproportionate number 'S' brains among us. What difference does this make? Does it matter? How do 'E' types feel about this?
Want to know what kind of brain you have?
You can do this test here - you have to pick someone's emotions from looking at a picture of eyes. It is meant to measure empathy.
Post your results in the comments.