Science Confirms: Mother And Daughter Bond Goes Beyond What Was Known

Date August 13, 2018

According to recent scientific studies, the close link that exists between mothers and their daughters exceeds the trivial comparisons. It is very common for daughters to have their mothers on speed-dial or even in adulthood to continue to maintain constant communication with their mothers based on trust and admiration. In fact, this affinity has a scientific and even neurological background.

Fumiko Hoeft, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, was the first to conduct a study in which MRI was used to compare the brain structures. As a result of his research, he came to the conclusion that brain structure and mood disorders are genetically passed from mothers to daughters.

The conticolimbic system of the brain, which is responsible for the regulation of emotions and, in turn, associated with the manifestation of depressive symptoms, is more likely to be passed from mother to daughter than from mother to son, or father to any of his descendants.

This discovery implies that, on the one hand, a mother is far more likely to understand what her daughter is going through than any other family member, as she can imagine herself in the same circumstances and understand it much better. In this way, the daughter's self-esteem is linked to the type of relationship she has with her mother.

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On the other hand, this close connection may also imply that the mother and daughter may have similar personalities. Accordingly, as the emotions and the control of them are very similar, it is to be expected that disagreements between mothers and daughters can be stronger, especially if both have a hot or rough temper.


Our study’s uniqueness is that we’re the first one to get the whole family and scan both parents and offspring to look at how similar their brain networks are.

 - Fumiko Hoeft.

Similarly, the study also reveals that mothers tend to favor their daughters while fathers bond with their sons more.

Now we can understand that this common saying that says "like father, like son" is not only governed by a rapport and admiration linked to feelings and emotions, but also by a similarity in the neurological structure.

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