The Language Protein

My husband and I had a bit of a laugh at a discovery revealed by scientists that explain why women talk more than men. Apparently there is a good reason. Women possess higher levels of a language protein in their brains than men do.

We already knew women talk more – about three times more. Previous research tallied about 20,000 words a day for a woman compared to about 7,000 for a man.

I didn’t need the discovery of a language protein to know that when I visit with a girlfriend, she is not as aware of my superfluous descriptions as my husband is. In fact, some friends and I can visit for hours on end without realizing it. That would never happen with my husband.

I find this interesting, not only because I have to work hard at toning down my chatter, for God must have had a plan when He created us all this way. Men, who long for peace and quiet, are attracted to women who long for someone to listen.

712px-Conversation_intimeA public domain picture (ca. 1892) illustrates the point. The French artist, Evariste Carpentier, entitled his work Conversation Intime. The picture illustrates a young man listening to a young woman. Maybe Mr. Carpentier did not realize that he was illustrating what is common between men and women, but I suspect he might have.

Thankfully, I know that the God who created me does not tire of my conversations with Him. In fact, I think He is pleased. I find I talk to Him all through the day and hear Him through many means – His written word – the Bible – and the Living Word – His Son – whose Spirit speaks to mine throughout the day. The Bible calls this prayer. I call it comfort. I can talk to Him about anything, anywhere, anytime without interrupting His thoughts. The one who gave me more language protein than my husband actually wants me to talk to Him constantly.


Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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