She talked to us in her Mommy voice. Ugh.
This book only describes women that are heterosexual and middle to upper-middle class conforming to a patriarchal society.
Apparently Ms. Brizendine doesn't understand that Lesbians exist or that one in five American women either choose to not have children or cannot therefore making them age WITHOUT the "Mommy Brain" as the author so annoyingly calls it. What about them? What about women who can't afford to retire and live at a poorer socio-economic status and have legitimately greater stress than women who can't handle their husbands moping around the house after they retire?
At the end of the book she briefly talks about women in Africa but all her examples are still about aging mothers.
This book started off so good but it only covered one type of person in the female population. It's a shame. There's a lot of great information in here, but only about one type of woman. Her narration made me feel like she was talking to a class of kindergarteners. Or like I was having a somewhat educated conversation at a Baby Shower.
This will be my first listen of many. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have made it a point to share it amongst my family and friends. I feel everyone will benefit from reading The Female Brain.
I am a 41-year-old woman and I found this book useful, but I get it confused with The Male Brain, by the same author. Both books discuss both genders. I look forward to reading the future The Transsexual Brain, The Gay Man's Brain, etc.... I am very much looking forward to how menopause will affect my mind. It is interesting how estrogen and testosterone affect both male and female brains. Interestingly, the woman Temple Grandin seems to have more of a male brain than a female brain, even though she probably had female hormones and menstruation.
I was really hoping this would dive more into the day to day ways a woman's brain worked. Unfortunately it's almost entirely centered around finding a the ideal partner for having children.
The title although called the female brain really only dives into a very select set of scenarios and really left me wanting to know more. If it dove into the details a little more it would have held my attention much longer.
The audio performance was probably the worst as it truly felt like a story telling book for kids and the dos and don'ts of woman.
Overall may be worth a read but the book could have been an hour long and you could have gathered all the information without the fluff.
Really great in depth understanding of biological and fundamental differences as changes in the female brain. It gives validation, explanations for behavioral thought patterns and equips us with excellent knowledge to be in control of the choices we make with the knowledge we have about how our brains arrive at different options from which we can choose.
I've suspected for a while that there are things happening in my brain that are not entirely in my control, so it was fascinating to have someone else so clearly articulate many of my experiences! It's validating to know my brain chemistry and its behavioral impact. This book is a must read for anyone who truly wants to understand a woman; we are remarkable creatures! I do wish some of the variations of the female experience were explored a bit more, like the brain chemistry of homosexuality or what happens when the typical patterns of hormones and brain circuits are disrupted (like how do we get social outcasts and severe social anxiety if we're wired for relationship?), but I'm sure that would require several books!
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Feminism and Marxism preached that there was no such thing as human nature or difference in the genders outside of what the environment determined. Recent brain science has proven that to be incorrect. Brizendine's book is a thorough and scientific explanation of how hormones and brain structures incline a human to have those wonderful and sometimes confounding traits we call "feminine."
The Faithful Traveler
First, I would like to comment on the reader/author's reading style. She is VERY soft spoken, almost annoyingly so (at least, in my taste). It makes this book difficult to listen to while driving (granted, my car is noisy). But also, it sounds like the author is reading a story to a child before bed. Her voice is so calm and soothing, it sort of puts you to sleep.
As for the content, I found some of the content to be helpful, but a good majority of it to be annoying and painful to listen to. The author analyzes the female brain from conception, almost, moving on through the stages--infancy, the terrible twos (a term she doesn't use), childhood, the teen years. That's about as far as I've gotten, because, at every stage, this author presents women as if they are purely selfish beings, incapable of doing or thinking anything that isn't all about ME ME ME. I understand that we all have the capability of selfishness, perhaps even that we tend toward it, but I have a hard time believing that we are hard wired toward being selfish, and that every woman is or behaves as this doctor claims she does.
Maybe I've missed something. But, as I'm in the middle of the author's discussion of the teen years, and this teenager she's describing is an absolute hellion, I am having a hard time caring about her or what she is like when, and if, she ever grows up.
This book is simply uninteresting. It has no factual evidence to support her theories. I forced myself to listen to this dreadfully, mind-numbing book because I purchased it with the expectation of learning something new about the female brain. If you plan on purchasing this book please listen to the sample first. If you can withstand her voice for seven full hours without having qualms about her theories then look no further. But I must personally say it was a disappointment.