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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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"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
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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.
Fuad R Qubein
It focuses on how hormones, exquisitely timed to arrive before birth and at various stages of the maturing process, shape not only our gender but how we react, think and feel as males and females.
Everyone in a relationship should read these books.
One will help you understand yourself; the other will help you understand your partner.
Also, the books sensitively and helpfully explain the biology of homosexuality. I don't know how anyone could read them and still harbor feelings of negativity towards our gay brothers and sisters.
I've been in a wonderful marriage for forty seven years, but my wife and I agree it would have been even better had this book been around a few decades ago.
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Further, some of the behaviours described at certain development stages are regarded as 'normal' due to male physiology, whereas actually what they were examples of were poor behaviour. If, in a class with fifteen males (plus the fifteen females), all fifteen males behaved in the manner found to be acceptable within the book, there would be mayhem. In my experience, from my childhood, and having worked with children in education over the years, not all boys are typical of that described in this book.
I also wonder who the boys are who are brought to her clinic space, and what of their parents? I do wonder if the parents are rather on a neurotic side with far too much ease of access to health insurance.
A disappointing book. I was hoping for so much more. I relieved to reach the end of it.
I did agree that there are fundamental diffrences between the sexes. As a feminist I was determined to bring up my son in a gender neutral way, but by the age of two he was obsessed with toy cars and appalled at dollies...
This book is not as good as The Female Brain, but interesting nevertheless.
Fascinating and essential for every man who is interested in the how of himself
The book arrive fast and in a great condition.
references - which makes for a very short read!