Quotation by José Ortega Y Gasset

Under equal conditions, the feminine psyche is closer to potential contraction than the masculine; for the simple reason that the woman has a more centripetal, integrated, and elastic mind. As we noted, the function charged with giving the mind its structure and cohesion is the attention. A highly unified mind presupposes a highly concentrated manner of attention. One could say that the feminine mind tends to have a single axis of attention, which at each phase of her life is set toward one thing alone.... In contrast to the concentric structure of the feminine mind there are always epicenters in that of the man. The more masculine one is, in a spiritual sense, the more his mind is disjointed in separate compartments. One part of us is deeply dedicated to politics or business, while another devotes itself to intellectual curiosity and another to sexual pleasure. There is lacking, then, a tendency toward one unified gravitation of the attention. In fact, the contrary predominates, which leads to dissociation.
José Ortega Y Gasset (1883–1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. On Love: Aspects of a Single Theme, ch. 2, Meridian (1957).
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