By: Staff Report
Ever wonder why when some moms get together they get all competitive and crazy over what other parents do?
According to a recent study by the University of Southern California, there is a certain activity in the brain that might explain a few things about parenting (and human behavior as a whole). Researchers found that there is a part of the brain – the striatum – that recognizes and understands what a reward is, while there’s another part – medial prefrontal cortex – that understands social reasoning. They found that when someone takes a risk or judges the action of another, for example, these two parts of the brain are highly-active. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what’s normally called peer-pressure.
This is the bullying between parents, from parents to children, children to children, children to parents, and so on. It’s the “mean girls” behavior among girls in Kindergarten, and the moms that are more than happy to put their daughters to fight. These are the “Toddlers and Tiaras” crew with the spray tanning. It’s also the mom that posts cruel lies and rumors online to torment a teenage girl.
In being in a social setting, plus the need to be the best, leads many parents to adapt some crazy behavior due to the peer-pressure from other parents.
And to think that we never really grow out of it.