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Return to Book Page. The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine. From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of l From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution.
The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own. Praise for The Female Brain : "Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life.
A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published March 23rd by Harmony first published September 8th More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Male Brain , please sign up. Question: isn't that supposed to be IN the nerve cells, instead of ON the nerve cells, since androgen receptors reside IN the cytoplasm of all nerve cells, instead of ON the cell membrane?
We now know that genes on the Y chromosome are the reason. Question: which genes? See 2 questions about The Male Brain…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Male Brain. Aug 02, David rated it really liked it Shelves: psychology , audiobook. While this book started out slow, it got better as the author went through the stages of male brain development.
And I learned something from this book. In the section on middle-aged married life, a couple went for marriage counseling. The wife recently got a promotion to a higher-paid, higher-stress position. She ranted at her husband about the problems she was having at work.
When the husband tried to logically solve her problems, the wife claimed that he wasn't even listening to her. She want While this book started out slow, it got better as the author went through the stages of male brain development.
She wanted him to listen and give emotional support. However, he tried giving her well-intentioned advice to solve her problems. She would have none of that. I suddenly realized that this was very reminiscent of my life, and the relationship to my wife. I recommend this book to both men and women.
It gives very well thought-out discussions about the differences between male and female brains. It rings very true to me. I didn't read this book--I listened to an audiobook version. Unfortunately, I think that the version I listened to was abridged. I would have preferred to listen to a full version. Oh well. Feb 17, Patrick rated it did not like it. Sometimes half the truth is worse than a lie.
As soon as I saw that the birthday gift I had opened was a book called The Male Brain, I was worried it would distort science in the service of gender stereotypes. It turned out to not be quite as bad as I feared, but it does have a lot of the flaws I expected. One of the most ubiquitous is a tendency that seems subtle at first, but turns out to be quite insidious in its effect: This Sometimes half the truth is worse than a lie. One of the most ubiquitous is a tendency that seems subtle at first, but turns out to be quite insidious in its effect: This is her tendency to shorthand "Studies show that to men are more likely to X" as simply "men X".
Occasionally she does it right, offering the necessary hedges such as "boys more often than girls will go behind their parents' backs to take risks and break rules" p. Compounding this error, she also ignores the variation within each sex, and makes generalizations that apply only to neurotypical, extroverted, non-sensitive heterosexual cisgender men since the topic is gender, I can forgive the cisgender and maybe the heterosexual, but the rest?
For instance, she asserts things like "Research shows that it takes extraordinarily intense sensations to activate the reward centers of the teen boy brain, and homework just doesn't do it" p.
Well, that might be true for non-sensitive boys, but it is certainly not true--not even remotely close to true--for sensitive boys. Indeed, about half of what she said was true about "the male brain" simply wasn't true of me; "Men accuse women of being too emotional and women accuse men of not being emotional enough" p.
I realize that I am hardly a typical man; I am intellectual, autistotypic, introverted, sensitive, and bisexual; I am unusually high in IQ, emotion, and empathy; but as I was reading I came to realize that there's something wrong with this whole search for "typical men" in the first place.
Suppose we did find this elusive creature, who actually fits every stereotype, aligns with every statistical trend; where is he? And suppose such men exist; they must be pretty rare, right? It is in that sense perfectly normal to be atypical.
Of course, that's assuming they are all independent; but even with realistic correlations, it's easy to have a set of traits for which the majority has each of them but only a minority has all of them.
As a result, the book creates a false sense that men and women are categorically different: men are aggressive, women passive; men are stoic, women emotional; men are competitive, women conciliatory; and so on, all down a long list of stereotypes.
Brizandine does do a good job of citing her sources; as far as I can tell, all the trends she cites are indeed statistically valid trends. But they are just that, trends, and in some cases the effect size is actually quite weak.
A few actually are vast chasms, like the fold difference in testosterone production. Even using the larger male standard deviation, that's a 4-sigma difference. Also, the book is highly reductionistic, which I suppose is typical for neuroscience. In its worst example, it explicates romantic attraction as if it were basically just a matter of lining up pheromones and seeing what matches; it takes complex human interactions and tries to reduce them to simple chemistry.
I wouldn't be surprised if pheromones have something to do with it in fact even this has not been conclusively shown , but there is clearly a lot more to it than that. Honestly, if it were that simple, you could get anyone you want to sleep with you by spraying the right pheromones.
Part of it might be that we assign so much significance to being the proper gender. If it were not an insult to be seen as "less of a man", but merely a simple statement of personality, like "less introverted", then perhaps we could characterize masculinity in some quantitative way and then say that some people are more or less masculine.
Maybe ultimately this is what we should aim for? But for now, it feels deeply unsettling to be told that because I don't like sports, have intense emotions, and am sensitive to loud noises, this means that my brain is not truly a "male brain".
What is it then? Last I checked I have a penis. Brizendine claims that her goal is to encourage compassion and understanding between men and women, but in fact I think her book is more likely to have the opposite effect. Compassion derives from understanding individuality and accepting diversity, not shoehorning people into rigid categories.
The Male Brain gives sexism an air of scientific respectability. As such, even though most of what it says is based on sound science, the presentation makes the book very dangerous indeed. View all 5 comments. Aug 05, Spencer rated it liked it. I can believe that men are hardwired to look at bazooms. But I dont buy her biological determinism.
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Despite accusations leveled in publications from Nature to The New York Times that Brizendine engaged in weak science in The Female Brain , The Male Brain is, like its predecessor, a breezy and loosey-goosey girlfriend-gab take on the state of gender-based brain science. Still, it's awfully hard to write off or dismiss an observer with the breadth of knowledge and experience in her field that Brizendine clearly has. Employing data from cognitive neuroscience, brain imaging, genetics, hormonal biology, and primatology, all strung around anecdotes from her own year therapy practice, which includes running the Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco, the UC system's prestigious medical school, Brizendine professes to illuminate what makes a man a man—and we're kind of obliged to hear her out. ELLE: So it's really true that the only thing guys are after is sex? Louann Brizendine: It's actually true [ laughs ]. Males tend to have a level of sexual interest that's about three times greater than that of the average female of the same age. I think females don't necessarily know it's a program that's biologically run.
"Male Brain" book sheds light on how men think
Look Inside. Mar 23, Minutes Buy. From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:. Brizendine also includes an appendix regarding the brain and sexual orientation, as well as lengthy endnotes and an exhaustive reference list. And along the way, you will pick up some valuable tips to help you understand, appreciate and connect with the men in your life. Why Her?
Louann Brizendine: 'The Male Brain'
Not so Louann Brizendine. Brizendine nods to the fact that the brains of men and women are mostly alike. This is clearly the best-seller strategy, neatly bisected into two books. Not a chance. Other scientists have tried and failed to replicate the finding that day-old boy babies look at objects while newborn girls look at faces.