The Parenting Instinct

You guys... I'm reading this book called Marketing to Women right now and it's pretty fascinating.  I'm learning a lot about marketing to women (obvi) but also a lot about why I do the things I do, too.  I'm only about 1/4 of the way through but the first section details the biological differences between men & women then goes on to explain how those biological differences lead to behavioral differences that influence women's purchasing choices.  Pretty interesting stuff, right?

Well, a few days ago, I came across this little gem discussing the effects of progesterone in a woman's body and when its released:

"When a woman sees any "releaser shape," something with short stubby arms and legs, a round plump torso, an oversized head, and large eyes ... progesterone is released and the parenting instinct is triggered."

Anything with that shape triggers that parenting instinct!  Not just your baby or babies in general ... anything!  How crazy is that??

And then it dawned on me.  I am biologically predisposed to treat Molly like she's my child.  I mean, that description basically sums up a guinea pig perfectly, doesn't it?  Finally, my ooh'ing and ah'ing over her is justified ... by science.  Bam.



  1. Oh my gosh! It all makes sense now! And yes, Molly totally fits that build.. She's a cutie! I want to squeeze her!!


  2. Hilarious! It all makes sense now!

  3. Oh My Gosh. Duh. Also she is so stinking cute, she needs babying and lots of smooches.

  4. And there was me thinking the 'releaser shape' had a high heel, butter soft leather and a pretty strap... :-D

    Molly made sense anyway, but now there's a scientific explanation, I guess you can always blame nature for spoiling her rotten! Have a lovely evening xo

  5. That's too funny. It does make sense though!

  6. Hahah, the baby effect! It also makes me think of how studies have proven we just find people with baby-ish features to be more attractive. XD
    And oh, your photography site is gorgeous!

    X i x i a ❥ thisisxixia.com

  7. that is crazy! marketing classes at grad school always fascinated me - we think it's so easy but all the thought and science behind it is really mind boggling.

  8. awesome. i love this post! and stuff like that is so interesting!

  9. Hahaha... awww. Stubby limbs and a round torso. Sounds like some men I know as well :)

  10. Crazy! You have no choice but to treat Molly like your little cuddly baby. (:

    I think that Marketing to Women book would be fascinating to read... I love learning about why people do the things they do.

  11. That sounds like a really interesting book! Although really, with a furry friend that cute, who NEEDS a scientific reason to treat her like a child!?

  12. That makes so much sense!

    p.s. I missed Molly during my hiatus! :-))


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