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The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think | [Louann Brizendine]

The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think

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.

Praise for The Female Brain:
"Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men."
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
 
     
 
 


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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Louann Brizendine (P)2010 Random House

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"Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)

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    Teri 11-20-11
    Teri 11-20-11

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    "Excellent way to reveal the male brain"

    I kept thinking, "Yep, this is what my boys did." Now I know WHY they acted that way.

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    Eemer_CA Los Angeles, CA 11-06-11
    Eemer_CA Los Angeles, CA 11-06-11 Listener Since 2007

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    "Not very informative"

    The characters she uses to "illustrate" her point are generic and described as if they were in a romance novel. The actual 'scientific' information - such as the hormones’ influxes at different developmental stages were interesting. However, I balked at listening to her character descriptions. Science was left behind to describe the 'long blond hair' or 'hourglass figure' or 'tight abs' that attracted the men. The one thing which was applicable is that, during and argument, some men actually get a 'high' (surge of adrenaline) when they are arguing which fuels their anger momentum. Not arguing with them, until they have 'calmed', is the best strategy. The narrator also has a ‘warm’, ‘motherly’ sort of voice during the descriptions of the male’s development. She seems so certain in the differences between male aggression and lack of female aggression that I felt like she has clearly never worked in the service industry .

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    Stephanie CRANBERRY TWP, PA, United States 10-20-11
    Stephanie CRANBERRY TWP, PA, United States 10-20-11

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    "Men & Women are Different"

    This book so lovely spells out the simple and yet significant differences between men and women. As a female, reading this book it was such an eye opening lesson. I bought this book for my sister just before she had her son.

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    Richard 07-11-11
    Richard 07-11-11

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    "Every Male and most Females should read this!"

    If you are a dad, husband, dating someone or may be thinking of being any of the preceding you have to read this book. Very easy listen - good narration. Women - you should give this a listen also. Explains so much as why we males do the stupid things we do. It also helps us males understand why you women are so difficult. : )

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    richard Chapel Hill, NC, United States 09-27-10
    richard Chapel Hill, NC, United States 09-27-10
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    "Get it if you have a son"

    This is for all mothers who have a son - very insightful and rang true to this father. The facts (studies) don't drag on as the author gives good examples and dialog to explain. I relayed facts almost daily to friends who have just had sons.

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    William Carmichael, CA, United States 08-22-10
    William Carmichael, CA, United States 08-22-10
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    "Well... you do learn a lot of useful information."

    This is such a cold, clinical look at life that I had trouble finishing it. I can't imagine what it would be like having the author for a wife, or a mother; I don't think I could stand it! When you read this book, try thinking about how cold, chemicals and statistics are. This book may be informative, but it is not a happy one. This woman must drive herself to distraction with all her knowledge. A brief skim-through is all you need.

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    Kush South Ridinh, VA, USA 05-18-10
    Kush South Ridinh, VA, USA 05-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read for all men and those who love him!"

    Dr. Brizendine is an excellent storyteller. She has done a great job putting how the male brain works in small stories. Something most people, I'm sure, can relate to.

    I listened to it two time within one week and hope to listen to it once more in the future. Not only that, I gave it to my wife to listen in hopes that she would better understand where I'm coming from when I react in ways she perhaps feels unwarranted. My next book; The Female Brian! Thanks Dr. Brizendine.

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    Delana Lawrence, KS, United States 08-28-10
    Delana Lawrence, KS, United States 08-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Very narrow, with questionable "science.""

    Both this book and Brizendine's other offering, The Female Brain, left me angry and disgusted. Not only is her science questionable, but the extremely narrow view of both men and women is extremely off-putting. She is clearly writing about the average, addressing only the superficial. I give it one star only because it is short.

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    Bradley Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada 03-27-10
    Bradley Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada 03-27-10
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    "Extremely prejuiduce against younger men"

    Where are the male artists in her world view? where are the writers, musicians, painters, actors and poets? Who are these men? And how is it the majority create their best works in their prime? How is it endeavourers so reliant on perceptive and predictive emotional reasoning can have male participants at all? just answer me that.

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    Kathy Elkridge, Maryland, United States 10-11-12
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    "Not Interesting -- A Disappointment"

    Not a book I would recommend. Too much techno-talk. Very disconnected and does not flow.

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