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. Louann Brizendine, author of “The Female Brain,” examines the gulf between the sexes, this time from the male side. The cover of “The Male Brain” by psychiatrist Louann Brizendine, known for her bestseller “The Female Brain.” REUTERS/Broadway Books.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 louxnn 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, braim how, through every phase of life, the “male reality” is fundamentally different from the female one.
Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain: 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.
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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: A breezy and louanm guide to women and a must-read for men. Hardcoverpages.
Published March 23rd by Harmony first published September 8th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Male Brainplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 02, David rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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.
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. The statistics are pretty mind-blowing for most people: 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: 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.
The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine
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 louanb 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 shownbut there is clearly a lot more to it than that. Honestly, if it were that simple, you could get anyone you want to sleep louanh 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 nrain 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 Lousnn 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 birzendine 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 birzendine book very dangerous indeed. View all 4 comments. Sep 14, Sally rated it liked it. The Male Brain provides interesting insight on why men sometimes act the way they do, and how their hormone levels fluctuate throughout life. If you come from a science background, however, or know a bit about how the neuroendocrine system works, you may find this book to be far too simplified.
It also tends to state the results of various studies as facts, while actual studies will usually have outliers and only certain percent differences between the trial conditions. This book is fine for a g The Male Brain provides interesting insight on why men sometimes act the way they do, and how their hormone levels fluctuate throughout life.
This book is fine for a general overview, but if you really want to know how the science works, it might be better to read the studies. 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. You can make a strong case for barin in most of the animal kingdom but it seems such a small motive in humans. That thinking drives me nuts. Perhaps she w I can believe that men are hardwired to look at bazooms.
Perhaps she would say that our desire for sex, although restrained or amplified or deviant, is still, at its core, a desire to thd our Mle. And we have then taken that natural push that everyone has to procreate, and by cultural means or whatever, have turned sex into something else. But that we are still being driven by our primate brain to spread our DNA, it’s just that the mind is too stupid? Anyways, nice try, but jeepers, step back a few paces. I want to read the best book that uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding men, written by the best mind, preferably in comic book form.
All these words make my head hurt. View all 3 kale. Jan 30, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: This audio book enlightened me and made me wish I’d read it before I got married or even once I started dating.