A humorous illustration of a woman’s brain depicts it sectioned into compartments. The smaller, equal-size compartments are labeled food, shopping, shoes, talking with girlfriends and relationships with the opposite sex — all of which are dwarfed by one huge overriding compartment labeled “my mother.”
Relationships with mothers tend to be complex. They are powerful relationships that may inspire undying love and loyalty, or guilt and anger, or sometimes a curious mix of the aforementioned.
Relationships with fathers, although equally powerful, tend to be less complex. This is probably because fathers are prone to be less verbal. They not only use fewer words but are less likely to exercise a flair for drama, burst into tears, slam doors or hone a great martyr routine, hence leaving offspring with fewer good stories to retell.