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The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think Paperback – Box set, January 25, 2011
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"In this utterly fascinating follow-up to her bestselling The Female Brain, Harvard neuropsychiatrist Brizendine leads readers through the lifespan of a man's brain, using lively prose and personable anecdotes to turn complex scientific research into a highly accessible romp. Among other salient info, readers will learn why it is what young boys seem unable to stay still (they are learning through "embodied cognition"); why behaviors may change so suddenly during puberty (among other changes, testosterone increases 20-fold); the nature of irritability in teens ("boys' hormones prime them for aggressive and territorial behaviors"); and the ways in which chemicals, physical touch, and play bond fathers with their children. With clearly detailed scientific explanations for how characteristics like anger expression, analysis of facial expression, and spatial manipulation differ between the sexes, Brizendine's review of brain and behavioral research should net a broad audience, from parents of boys to psychology students to fans of her first volume. Brizendine also includes an appendix regarding the brain and sexual orientation, as well as lengthy endnotes and an exhaustive reference list."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"As a woman who has known complicated men her whole life, I can't help but wish The Male Brain had been around when I was a girl. Dr. Louann Brizendine's lucid, lively, and always fascinating discussion of how the male brain works (and why) has enlightened me in more ways than I can count. Now I can't wait to give the book to all my women friends."
—Jane Fonda, actress and author of My Life So Far
"Dr. Brizendine has marshaled a host of impressive data and insights and presented them in an elegant and entertaining way to clearly illustrate men's reality--as infants, boys, teens, lovers, husbands, fathers and workers. It's a deep dive into the worlds of men, as well as a fascinating read. And along the way, you will pick up some valuable tips to help you understand, appreciate and connect with the men in your life."
--Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of Why Him? Why Her?
"It takes an extraordinary woman like Dr. Louann Brizendine to understand the male brain. She brings the latest in state-of-the-art science in helping us to understand the most ancient and primal of male passions and desires--and viva le difference! Highly recommended."
-Dean Ornish, author of The Spectrum
"The remarkable brain science behind Mars and Venus in a really enjoyable read! I think that this book, along with The Female Brain should be read by every parent, child, husband, wife, employer, employee, and dating age adult – they bring love and understanding into our most important, and sometimes most frustrating relationships."
-Martin L. Rossman, M.D., Clinical Faculty, UCSF; Founder, TheHealingMind.org, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
"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
About the Author
Louann Brizendine, M.D., a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, is an endowed clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. After receiving her degree in neurobiology at University of California, Berkeley, and her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, she completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has served as faculty at both Harvard and UCSF. She sits on the boards of peer reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
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From early childhood we observe different behavior patterns between little boys and girls. While boys are jumping, screaming and wrestling, we find girls sitting quietly playing house or combing their dolls' hair . What is behind this difference? The author believes the hormone testosterone is the culprit. It is found even in baby boys in small amounts but jumps rapidly to twenty times the original amount during adolescence and puberty and into adulthood. It is in fact the drive behind manhood and is undoubtedly the sign of masculinity . Females too have testosterone but to much lesser levels; they have their own estrogen to cope with.
It has been said that 'the male is simple, the female is complex’. While this may be true (considering the female’s child-bearing system) yet, the male’s brain is considered to be a ‘lean, mean problem-solving machine!. Scientists believe that hormones, together with genetics, play a major role in the development of the male brain. As mentioned above, testosterone seems to be the leading hormone behind the male’s masculinity and the one responsible for man’s libido. For sure it is aided by other hormones, in particular vasopressin (enhances masculinity) and oxytocin (which relieves stress and increases bonding) . For the female brain, estrogen, progesterone and oxytocin are the major hormones. In addition to the male hormones mentioned, several other hormones e.g cortisol, dopamine, prolactin and several others, are involved as needed.
It is often rumored that the male brain’s overriding goals are power, wealth and sex, and that men are actually run by their libidos. This undoubtedly is the result of the aggressive nature of testosterone, but cultural pressure also plays a role, especially as the man is expected to be the family provider and protector. Yet research shows that the brains of adult men, and of fathers in particular, are profoundly caring and nurturing.
So, what does one learn from Dr. Brizendine’s book? It is certaIn that the male brain is significantly different from that of the female. It is beyond doubt that understanding and appreciating the makeup of the male brain would be beneficial to men as well as to women. Studies have shown that many of the conflicts between the two sexes are fueled by the unrealistic expectations on both sides due to misunderstanding the innate differences between the two types of brains. The proof is nowhere as evident as in the alarming rate of divorce in US society.
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