The Female Brain

The Female Brain

Book - 2006
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Every brain begins as a female brain. It only becomes male eight weeks after conception, when excess testosterone shrinks the communications center, reduces the hearing cortex, and makes the part of the brain that processes sex twice as large.

Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a pioneering neuropsychiatrist who brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, how they communicate, and whom they'll love. Brizendine reveals the neurological explanations behind why

• A woman remembers fights that a man insists never happened

• A teen girl is so obsessed with her looks and talking on the phone

• Thoughts about sex enter a woman's brain once every couple of days but enter a man's brain about once every minute

• A woman knows what people are feeling, while a man can't spot an emotion unless somebody cries or threatens bodily harm

• A woman over 50 is more likely to initiate divorce than a man

Women will come away from this book knowing that they have a lean, mean communicating machine. Men will develop a serious case of brain envy.
ISBN: 9780767920094
Characteristics: xix, 279 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 10, 2017

Excellent starting point for understanding the impact of hormones, and how they have evolved in us. It concentrates on the female brain but also provides insights into the male counterpart (brain).
These explanations help explain why we are the way we are, why we react the way we do helping to 'bust' some of the traditional mis-understandings that the opposite sex's brain does not serve a useful purpose...even in today's world (ie. "Guys chase the girls", while the "Girls then get to choose the guy" helps to simplify this basic, hormone driven behaviours, etc, etc).

ksoles Aug 04, 2013

Men and women have different brains. Not exactly rocket science but Louann Brizendine makes the former statement interesting by chronicling each stage of female life from birth to puberty to post-menopause and explaining how the female brain develops compared to its male counterpart. As the founder of the Women's and Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic, Dr. Brizendine draws on experience and case studies to present fun facts on two major theses: that inherent structural differences between male and female brains affect behavior, and that hormones directly influence the brain.

In utero, the brain starts out as female and remains so unless it experiences a surge of testosterone that changes its structure. The different sizes of different structures determine basic gender generalizations: women rely on communication, they give more weight to relationships and display more fear of abandonment. The focus on such generalizations becomes "The Female Brain"'s downfall. Brizendine gives enough background to justify her statements but it often feels like she cherry-picks her information and she doesn't account for the huge personality variations that exist within each gender.

A cross between enlightening and aggravating, this book may explain how hormone therapy helps hot flashes but fails to prove that brain structure sets gender identification in stone.

Jul 04, 2012

Finally, a look past the stereotypes and into the real reason women are the way they are through every stage of their growth and maturity.

The complex neurochemicals and pathways are broken down to their simplest forms, allowing a reader to see the ocean of our minds without drowning in terminology.

Apr 09, 2010

Don't bother reading this book. It is filled with outdated stereotypes and misinformation. The author seems to insist that women are victims of their hormones, very slow to experience anger, wise, long suffering and actually are mostly saintly beings, while men are mostly difficult beings with limited verbal abilities, quick to exhibit anger, think about sex every two minutes are not able to develop intuitive abilities or to livingly care for their children, among many other untruths. And then of course she recommends taking an antidepressant to control the effects of all those nasty hormones, just because she did. She ignores environments, emotions, diet and exercise, beliefs and all of the other things that go into creating our moods and healthy functioning brains. Yes, some people do have hormonal imbalances and need medical attention, but not everyone! As a woman, I find this book to be offensive to both genders. A complete waste of reading time!

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May 10, 2017

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