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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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    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Story of the Male Brain"

    The companion book to The Female Brain (which I think helped me understand my wife, daughter, and mom - although they are yet to agree). Being the owner of a male brain myself, I was pleased to receive an owners manual (seems a little late at 40 - but shoos complaining? Turns out that all the ways my brain fails to help me make good decisions are understandable, if not excusable, by the mix of hormones and wiring that evolution has left my brain to cope with my environment. My male brain changes as I age due to the effect of age related hormones and changes in biochemistry.

    Understanding the biological and hormonal routes of my emotions may help me recognize a gap between the reality I perceive the reality that those around may be interpreting. Like most brain books, the central message is that we are dealing with an enormously complex apparatus that may not always cause us to act in our best interest (as evolution cares about passing on genes, not making us or those around us happy). In the future I'm going to use my brain to think about the hormones and molecules being released at any given time when things start to fire wildly (causing stress, anxiety, anger, etc. etc.) - in an effort to recognize that with the passage of time the world may feel somewhat different.

    The Male Brain has been pretty well panned in the reviews I've read. My advice is that if you are not a neuroscientist to start than you will get lots out of the book (I did). Brizendine is a good writer and a good storyteller. She may simplify - but simplification in this case advances rather than detracts from understanding.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 09-20-10
    John MENLO PARK, CA, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed, but a bit redundant with her other book"

    So I enjoyed both books (The Male Brain, The Female Brain) by this author, but to a friend, I'd recommend they read only one of the two. (whichever is the opposite of their sex I think.) There seemed to be a decent amount of common material, and reading them back to back, I felt like I was listening to the same book twice at many times. Good books though! I think they should be required reading!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daren Farmington, UT, USA 03-27-10
    Daren Farmington, UT, USA 03-27-10
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    "Facts mixed with interpretation"

    I found this audiobook to be a plug for Brizendine's personal beliefs. It was fascinating to learn about the various hormones that influence the male brain. I found however, that Brizendine takes many liberties in her interpretation of this data. Her thesis seems to be centered around the idea that males are completely controlled by hormones and simply cannot help themselves in their actions. In other words, we apparently have no choice in the behaviors we participate in. Scholars should not pass their opinions off as facts unless they preface them as such.

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Brisbane, Australia 08-03-12
    Luke Brisbane, Australia 08-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    This book is full of science which may make it a hard slog for some people. But if you want the full understanding of the male brain then this is one of the best books on the topic. Becasue the author explains the changes to the male brain and biology over the course of life this book is also helpful to parents.

    This is a well presented educational book. There is no 'interpretation' of science by the author, nor does it rely in 'questionable reseach'. Unfortunately for some people the facts presented in this book will be hard for them to confront. Particularly those who believe in such things as the blank slate, or that gender is only a social construct. It's also agenda free which is another refreshing thing about it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marie keaau, HI, United States 10-02-10
    marie keaau, HI, United States 10-02-10
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    "Absolutely amazing"

    loved every minute of it. Can't say so about the female brain. This one has a lot more scientific info and a lot less gossip and anecdotal scenarios than the female brain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 08-01-10
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 08-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A Follow-up to The Female Brain"

    I listened to the "Female Brain" with interest and thought I would gain as much information from Brizendine's second volume, "The Male Brain." I was not disappointed and found the book a most informative read. It will help me understand my grandsons better for sure. Essentially, Brizendine takes us through the life of the male brain from childhood through the mature adult years. If you have any interest in the behavior of men around you - this is a great little book and place to start. It is well written and Kimberly Farr has not been better at narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sascha Schmunk Munich 04-08-10
    Sascha Schmunk Munich 04-08-10 Member Since 2009

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    "A must read 4 men & women!"

    I really loved this book - explaining so many things about "how I acted" in the past or "male act" in general. Absolutely interesting, especially also, when you raise a (male) child!
    Looking forward to listen to "The female brain",

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heber Santa Teres, NM, USA 04-05-10
    Heber Santa Teres, NM, USA 04-05-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Narrow"

    I admit that I haven't gotten that far into the book and I am struggling to find the inspiration to finish it.

    While her conclusions might be correct about extroverted sports jocks it is by no means a conclusive study of male mentality or motivations.

    In the section where she describes boys from the age of about 2 to 10 the attitudes and behaviours supposably produced by testosterone in no way resemble my development years.

    I was hoping for something that would help me my wife and myself understand me and my son better but up until now all I have found are numerous anecdotes on bullies, alpha males and sport jocks.

    Anybody who is or knows a male who is introverted, bookish or intellectual will have a very difficult time believing Brizendine.

    I am going to trudge through about 2 more hours of this dribble with the hope of finding something more substantial and meaningful, but that is all I can give her.

    There are just too many fascinating, high quality books to waste more time on this dribble.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Gastonia, NC, United States 11-20-11
    Teri Gastonia, NC, United States 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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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