The Female Brain

The Female Brain

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2007], c2006
Edition: 1st pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780767920100
0767920104
Branch Call Number: 612.82082 Bri 3567
Characteristics: xix, 279 p. :,ill

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rbergman1
May 10, 2017

Excellent starting point for understanding the impact of hormones, and how they have evolved in us. It concentrates on the female brain but also provides insights into the male counterpart (brain).
These explanations help explain why we are the way we are, why we react the way we do helping to 'bust' some of the traditional mis-understandings that the opposite sex's brain does not serve a useful purpose...even in today's world (ie. "Guys chase the girls", while the "Girls then get to choose the guy" helps to simplify this basic, hormone driven behaviours, etc, etc).

ksoles Aug 04, 2013

Men and women have different brains. Not exactly rocket science but Louann Brizendine makes the former statement interesting by chronicling each stage of female life from birth to puberty to post-menopause and explaining how the female brain develops compared to its male counterpart. As the founder of the Women's and Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic, Dr. Brizendine draws on experience and case studies to present fun facts on two major theses: that inherent structural differences between male and female brains affect behavior, and that hormones directly influence the brain.

In utero, the brain starts out as female and remains so unless it experiences a surge of testosterone that changes its structure. The different sizes of different structures determine basic gender generalizations: women rely on communication, they give more weight to relationships and display more fear of abandonment. The focus on such generalizations becomes "The Female Brain"'s downfall. Brizendine gives enough background to justify her statements but it often feels like she cherry-picks her information and she doesn't account for the huge personality variations that exist within each gender.

A cross between enlightening and aggravating, this book may explain how hormone therapy helps hot flashes but fails to prove that brain structure sets gender identification in stone.

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Andreanna
Jul 04, 2012

Finally, a look past the stereotypes and into the real reason women are the way they are through every stage of their growth and maturity.

The complex neurochemicals and pathways are broken down to their simplest forms, allowing a reader to see the ocean of our minds without drowning in terminology.

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rmyre
Apr 09, 2010

Don't bother reading this book. It is filled with outdated stereotypes and misinformation. The author seems to insist that women are victims of their hormones, very slow to experience anger, wise, long suffering and actually are mostly saintly beings, while men are mostly difficult beings with limited verbal abilities, quick to exhibit anger, think about sex every two minutes are not able to develop intuitive abilities or to livingly care for their children, among many other untruths. And then of course she recommends taking an antidepressant to control the effects of all those nasty hormones, just because she did. She ignores environments, emotions, diet and exercise, beliefs and all of the other things that go into creating our moods and healthy functioning brains. Yes, some people do have hormonal imbalances and need medical attention, but not everyone! As a woman, I find this book to be offensive to both genders. A complete waste of reading time!

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rbergman1
May 10, 2017

rbergman1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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