The Maternity As a Master (MAAM ) study carried out by Andrea Vitullo and Riccarda Zezza was widely covered by the Italian press. Its results overturned many stereotypes as regards maternity: anyone who is a mother more easily becomes a leader in the office. Transferring her maternal skills to the work place can therefore lead to career advancement because the maternal brain presents a series of specific qualities. Change: no one changes faster than a child, which is why mothers are accustomed to facing new situations in a constant combination of flexibility and firmness, mentally reorganizing themselves to respond to the changes. The ability to solve problems: a mother produces more oxytocin and dopamine, so the transmission of signals between the different parts of the brain becomes faster; naturally tending to moderate her ego to make room for the needs of her children, she is inclined to seek solutions and opportunities that are not even immediately obvious. Empathy: the mother sums up in herself tolerance, understanding and management of the “no”, at home as in the office. Essentiality: receiving stimuli from multiple directions encourages the ability to summarize and enables a person to go straight to the heart of the matter; research has demonstrated that mothers analyse complicated databases naturally, easily succeeding in adopting efficient strategies. Roles: multi-tasking is a positive overflowing of resources to be used at various times according to need. Speed: a mother has a great ability to switch the focus from one subject to another by recognizing what has priority and establishing a hierarchy of values.
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