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!
Reading this book has help me respect and appreciate women more, because of the daily hardships that they have to deal with mental. Enjoyed every chapter.
This book ranked right up towards the top of my favorites list. The downside being that I had to speed up the narrator speed to 2x because the book is read so slow. I'm a medical student and the book gave insights into the real world perception of hormones that was never given in med school. I actually see behavior among men and women a little differently now...we're basically a product of our hormones.
Could barely get through the introduction. Not sure whether I didn't like the book, or the narrator - probably both since the author narrates. Perhaps it would be more interesting for people with no medical (or scientific) background, but I doubt it
The book is ok, though it teaches no mechanism to cope with hormonal changes other than to take more hormones. Worst of all is her voice it is really very annoying.
I could not get into the book because the author, who is the narrator, has a voice that drove me nuts.
No. Not if she read it. I might be willing to try a hardcopy.
1) Someone besides the author should have read it.
2) The topic of how genes, neurons, and experiences all contribute to gender differences is an important and valuable topic in science, and one on which there is a lot of research on how these factors work together to create very real differences between men and women. This book does a true disservice to all of that scientific research. The author repeatedly used terms that are inappropriate for human brains: "hard-wired", "determined by genes," "driven by hormones." As a neuroscientist myself, I know that in the human brain, unlike in some animal brains, no neural connections are completely hard-wired.
The way development works in human (and many primate and mammalian) brains allows for an elegant interaction of neuron growth regulated by genes, neural wiring regulated by experience, and genetic activity in neurons regulated by both genes and experience. It's a disservice to readers to portray brain development so inaccurately, as if it were less flexible than it really is.
3) The scientist/author should have done what scientists are supposed to do: consider alternative hypotheses to her own, and how well various alternatives explain the data. did not even try to imagine how gender differences apparent in children aged 3 or 4 might be explained by experiences, but simply stated that if such differences were present at such a young age, they must be "genetically determined" or "controlled by hormones" or "hard-wired."
There is ample research on how people treat even new-born babies differently depending, not on the baby's actual gender, but on what they think the baby's gender is. Boys are handled more roughly, girls more gently; people talk to boys and girls differently; as babies grow into toddlers who interact with others, girls are given disapproval if they are rough or assertive, whereas boys receive approval and praise for such behavior.
None of this research is acknowledged, nor are the author's hypotheses ever truly considered in the scientific light of evidence that is inconsistent with the author's point of view. (We at least deserve to get her explanation of how to deal with such evidence.) Instead, an oversimplified narrative about gender is driven home, and many unsupported claims are made throughout the book, but written as though they constitute "scientific facts." This book gives science writing a bad name.
Dull, flat voice.
This book was a complete disappointment.
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.
Yes , Because I am shure I would pick up on some parts I missed the first time.
The details of the story
YES! Loved the book when I read it loved the book when I listened to it!
No other book compares when it comes to WOMENS neuroscience.
I couldnt choose.
Obsesively listened to it.