The Male Brain

The Male Brain

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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.

Dr. 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. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:

-is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution.
-thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy.
-has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.
-experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.

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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767927536
0767927532
Branch Call Number: 612.8
Characteristics: xxi, 271 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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schadtj
Sep 29, 2015

This and the author's other volume, The Female Brain, must-reads for prospective and current parents, lovers, and anyone else who is interested in interactions between humans of all ages and sexes. A major strength of both books is the factual support provided by lots of primary references. If there is a weakness, it might be the generalization to behavioral, anatomical, and hormonal extremes. There is little or no time spent on what the normal distribution of any of the covered characteristics looks like. While this may be a weakness, it was probably a necessary evil for a book like this. This was a terrific book.

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Andreanna
Jul 04, 2012

Seems a bit more female biased than I could have wished, but still sheds some light on the matter. Had my fiance read it, and he said the chapter on emotions hit close to home. Shrugged in response to a general query on the book. Take that as you will.

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Tater
Feb 11, 2011

What a shame. I checked out both of Dr. Brizendine's books--The Male Brain and The Female Brain--at the same time, hoping for a neat, side-by-side update of progress in the field. Unfortunately, I could not get past the author's sexual politics to feast on the science.

The author regards masculinity as a pathology. Just read the flaps: the female brain should produce "brain envy," while the male brain "bedevils" women. The former is the ideal state, uncontaminated as the latter is by testosterone, which turns men into the problem they are. I have no time for crap like that. If only she could have stuck to the science.

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jmikesmith
Jul 27, 2010

This relatively short book by a clinical psychiatrist aims to shed light on the how the chemistry and functioning of the human male brain changes throughout a man's life. It's easy to read and not too technical. There is some mention of various parts of the brain, but you don't have to remember them to get the gist of what she's saying. The book is divided into chapters that discuss various stages of a man's life, from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood, middle age, and the "mature" years. She also personalizes the stages by using patient anecdotes (with the names changed) to illustrate the principles of each life stage. The main point of the book is that male brains are physically different from female brains and are better at some things and worse at others than female brains. Not surprisingly, the male brain has evolved to make its owner want a lot of sex! :-) The book is much shorter than it appears -- nearly half its length consists of end notes, references, and an index.

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