Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The age-old complaint women give about their male partner is that he, "Won't commit," "Doesn't cuddle enough," "Likes to spend time alone." You can add your own variation to this.
Now, a study of voles, provides new information and, yes, guidance, as how to handle your man.
Basically, he may need more vasopressin.
Tom Insel, a neuroscientist, has studied prairie and montane voles, and found that the two are 99% identical, but it is the 1% difference that, well, makes all the difference.
The montane vole is a sailor, coming into port to mate only to disappear into the swells of the mountain meadows. He may be a great lover, but he's an absent father and is, apparently, emotionally unavailable.
The prairie male vole, though, forms a very close pair bond with his mate, is a great dad (I guess this would mean protecting the little tykes from snakes, taking them with him as he goes to forage), and prefers the company of his mate to others (I guess you could take that to mean he'd rather hang around the nest than scamper through the tall grasses with his buds). He might be more like, well, an accountant.
So what do you do if you think your man tilts toward the montane and is less sedate and dependable than the accountant/meadow mole?
Easy! On a regular basis, offer to make him a drink and slip in some vasopressin. It's not hard to come by. Only a few drops on a regular basis should do the trick.
Surely this is easier than wearing uncomfortable underwear from Victoria Secrets!
Of course, you might wonder what HE is reading if he offers to make YOU a drink!