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The Female Brain Paperback – August 7, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, "a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women," offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. Brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ("baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't") to birthing ("Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman's brain-structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly") to menopause (when "the female brain is nowhere near ready to retire") and beyond. At the same time, Brizedine is not above reviewing the basics: "We may think we're a lot more sophisticated than Fred or Wilma Flintstone, but our basic mental outlook and equipment are the same." While this book will be of interest to anyone who wonders why men and women are so different, it will be particularly useful for women and parents of girls.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Bookmarks Magazine
Louann Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, explores groundbreaking issues in brain science with mixed results. Critics debate the author's presentation and research; some extol her many and varied sources and the book's accessibility, while others take her to task for relying too heavily on anecdotal evidence and "dumbing down" the text (Robin Marantz Henig cites the author's repeated use of "cutesy language" and slang). Despite the critical ambivalence, the author certainly has the credentials to write this book. Brizendine graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine and draws on research done at the Women's and Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic, which she founded at UCSF in 1994. So the question is, do you require step-by-step proof for conclusions some consider controversial, or are you willing to take her word for it?
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Not only describes what goes on in a female's brain but also in the male brain from conception thru death.
EVERY adolescent girl OR boy should be required to read this by the time they get out of high school!!
Read this when I was 72. Wish I could have read it when I was 18. Unfortunately Brizendine didn't get around to writing it until I was 63.
Brizendine gives incredible insight into female behavior, based on advancements in nuerology. She explains everything from the monthly emotional turbulence in women to why they possess extraordinary skill in relationships, communication, motherhood, and spousal forbearance. She also teaches us what to expect in every phase of life from the troublesome teenage years to motherhood to menopause. The references alone are worth the price of the book. I highly recommend it.
I would say, though, that it's pretty obvious the author has a bias toward traditional female gender roles... so if you define yourself as a non-traditional female (according to "white western ideals") then you may not have the same experience when reading through this book.
If you are female...read this book to better understand yourself and all the women/girls in your life. You will like yourself more as a result of this book and not think you are crazy.
If you are male...read this book to better understand and adapt to the needs of woman and girls. It will help you have more compassion for them and not put up with unkind behavior due to hormones!
I guess that now I vave a more accurate perspective that will help me a lot in raising my girls properly.
This book itself will not explain why everything is the way it is, since there are millions of other facts that will actually influence behaviour and reactions in diverse people and situations, but on the other hand it actually gives you many facts and references to people and studies that brings to the different "theories" and/or conclusions showed.
It is such a great book for both men and women that I recomend it to everyone.
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It's important information but unfortunately it is presented rather poorly.Read more