A Changed Man? No Such Animal

Evolution has made men who they are; mid-life crises don't really transform them

The apparent transformation of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from ruthless master of metropolitan machtpolitik into compassionate hybrid of Hamlet, the Duke of Windsor and Graham Greene raises a fascinating question. Can a person really, and I mean fundamentally, change?

It's a pet theory of mine that women better accommodate change than men do because of the biological vicissitudes that mark their lives--ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause. By contrast, the typical man, usually around adolescence, invents a persona for himself. He establishes a personal brand identity and then struggles to maintain it, with mind-numbing intransigence, amid the fluctuations of the...

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