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Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget Paperback – September 5, 2006
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“Reading this book is a total ‘aha' experience from start to finish. As a therapist and scientist, I cannot begin to describe how helpful it will be to anyone who has ever been perplexed, angered, confused, or frustrated by anyone of the opposite sex.” ―Alice Domar, MD, author of Self-Nurture and Healing Mind, Healthy Woman
“Readers cannot help but share [Legato's] fascination with a subject that has such a direct impact on all our relationships.” ―Cleveland Plain Dealer
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But men and women are attracted to each other precisely because we are different. We complement each other. Perhaps if we understand in what ways we are constitutionally different, we'll not only tolerate the differences but learn to enjoy them. This book provides the means to take a giant step in that direction.
While the "why" of these differences is a matter of philosophy, religion, and speculation, the "what" of them is becoming increasingly clear. Dr. Legato reveals the "what" in a nonjudgmental manner. As a physician, she's trained to analyze information and provide healing advice--that's her perspective. This book reflects that, thus making it a useful tool to anyone seeking to have healthy relationships.
We all are familiar with the sex-specific traits that irritate and exasperate. Most of us aren't familiar with the studies that show men and women process information with different parts of their brains. We aren't familiar with the myriad other differences, and these go all the way down to the cellular level.
This book begins with a scenario that sounds all too familiar. It's a quarrel, and you can empathize with both sides as it unrolls. Dr. Legato then takes us behind that quarrel, showing that neither side intended anything negative. But the perceptions of negative intention ran high.Read more ›
In her new book, "Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget," Dr. Marianne Legato has summarized much of the recent research and used the results to offer a very practical guide for ordinary men and women to use in evaluating gender relationships and for understanding the psychological and social differences between the sexes, based on the biology involved, with the hope that such awareness will help avoid many of the difficulties that occur within marriages, friendships, and other types of associations. And she does all this while entertaining the reader with interesting anecdotes and sidebars, using an easy writing style which is pleasing to both the mind and the eye.Read more ›
This erudite work of neurology begins with a scenario about Liz and Tim, whom we come to know well as the book flits on. You may recognize them from TV sitcoms. Tim is forgetful and doesn't properly clean his child after fetching her from the playground. Liz reproaches him, causing him to stammer in bewilderment. Why does Liz get frustrated? Why, it's because she hasn't read this groundbreaking work; she doesn't understand that it's not Tim's fault. He's just neurologically impaired.
Dr. Legato explains: "Liz has more gray matter in the frontal cortex of her brain, the area just behind the eyes, than Tim does. This is the executive center of the brain... Liz also has more connections between the two sides of the brain.." (xvi). She is referring to the nerve cells of the brain (gray cells), which are believed to play a primary role in information processing. She also alludes to white cells, which are thought to carry messages between different parts of the brain. There are numerous problems with Legato's flat statement here. Firstly and most importantly, physiology cannot be equated with function. Nobody knows the relationship between brain size and composition (physiology) and cognitive ability (functioning). No neurologist of standing would blithely draw conclusions from an assertion like "women have more gray matter." (The assertion is incorrect, but more about that later.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A big bunch of pseudoscience and anecdotal touchy feely storytelling by an author who wants to use society to change men's neural pathways to be more feminine. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was one of the first books I read about the differences between men and women, and it had some really good insight. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LDU-NYC
Marianne Legato, an expert on gender specific medicine, writes how men and women's biological differences account for some psychological differences. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
Just read it! The title alone had me convinced. Our brains are wired differently.Published 17 months ago by Sharon B.
Comprehensive and thorough, I enjoyed the author's viewpoint and voice in this book. I read it for research and found much information that I could use. Thanks for a great book!Published 23 months ago by Dr. Kitty Bickford
This will be a gift to my grand-daughter, to understand that men and women are different in attitude about a lot of things,
and learn hope to deal with the differences.
I would not be able to recommend this book. Seems like this book was written by a feminist who was looking for evidence to prove some of today's progressive misconceptions-
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