About Mary Ovenstone


Mary Ovenstone has a diploma in Practitioner Coaching from The Coaching Centre, and an MPhil in Management Coaching from University of Stellenbosch Business School. She coaches business and government leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs in leadership and career development, in strategy and communications, as well as in work and life balance.

Posts by Mary Ovenstone:

5 ways to improve your relationship

Plan a date once each week. Romance each other like you did in the beginning. Tip: Don’t talk about any of your relationship problems or it will become hard work. Plan on a relationship meeting once a week. Discuss relationship issues, make important decisions and resolve any conflicts. Tip: Agree on an agenda and be […]

Oxytocin Mary Ovenstone

Oxytocin: The love hormone

You may have heard lots on TV and in magazine articles lately about Oxytocin, the love chemical in the brain. Dr. Oz on Oprah, Dr. John Gray in his latest book on relationship between Mars and Venus, The Doctors on TV, are all mentioning it. This feel-good chemical, generated in both the brain and the […]

How women and men think and feel Mary Ovenstone

How women and men really think and feel

Only in the last five years Magnetic Resonance Images (MRIs) have isolated the differences between the way male and female brains actually work. You’d be surprised how different we actually are. Neuroscience can finally put paid to some of our myths about each other, and we can finally usher in a stage of new learning […]

Neuroplasticity Mary Ovenstone


The female brain is geared for complex thinking and reasoning, weighing all their options, carefully and thoroughly as discussed in my last blog. It can also be concluded that where women look for and remember context, men look for and remember factual content. I’m very interested about the relatively new branch of neuroscience called Neuroplasticity, […]

The Female Brain Mary Ovenstone

The Female Brain

As stated in an earlier blog post the male brain is left hemisphere bias and that they often bond through actions rather than words. In the same instance the female brain excels at receiving information from both hemispheres concurrently through thoughts, feelings and words. They are capable of processing complex emotional and sensual information, and […]

The Male Brain Mary Ovenstone

The Male Brain

So after 1000’s of years of evolution the male neurobiology was adapted to ‘outdoor thinking,’ and have only come’ indoors’ since the Industrial Revolution whereas female neurobiology has naturally adapted to nurturing, educating and managing people and processes, as discussed in my previous post. The male brain excels at abstract conceptualizing which is left hemisphere […]

Neuroplasticity overview - Mary Ovenstone

Overview of Brain Differences & Neuroplasticity

As I briefly explained in my previous blog post, there’s an 8% difference between the female and male brain, which seems like very little until you consider that the difference the 2-5% 8% difference between a human and chimpanzee brain where we share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA, according to the Jane […]