According to a new Psychology Today blog post*, you can blame your genes.
The science behind it goes like this: As a woman, you get one X chromosome from your mother and another from your father. But you don’t relate to them the same way…
since the X your father contributed is composed of only one X – his mother’s, whereas your mom’s X was compounded from genetic elements from both her parents’ X chromosomes.
This means daughters have a clone of their father’s X chromosome, while their mothers’ genes are more diluted. As a result, the author theorizes, some daughters might be cognitively much more like their fathers than their mothers. The author goes on to say that the relationship between mothers and sons “pales in significance” when compared to the ties between many fathers and daughters, who often “have a particularly close emotional bond that often intensifies with time.”
Now, who’s your daddy?
*(Try not to smirk when you see the author’s name is “Badcock,” okay?)