Valentine’s Day is upon us again, and this year’s Leap Year breaks with convention and permits women to propose to their loved one on 29th February!
But what can neuroscience tell us about such people who break
with tradition? By Dr Samantha J. Brooks Ph.D.
Bachelor’s Day – February 29th – is an Irish tradition on what is called Leap Day, which, back in the day, gave women the opportunity to make the first move and initiate a dance with a man, and even propose to him! If the man refused to marry he was obliged to buy the woman a silk gown, a fur coat or a new pair of swanky gloves (so it’s worth a punt ladies!). With all the humour of this day aside, however, we must consider the courage it must have taken for women in those days to be so brazen about their desires for a man in their community. Especially when in those days people – particularly women – were expected to abide strictly to societal rules. And even though societal rules are not so strict today, there are still – rightly or wrongly – covert social expectancies for men and women. With all this in mind then, what sort of brain does it take for a person – man or woman – to take the brave step and break with tradition and choose not to conform?
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