Since Dr. Brizendine wrote The Female Brain ten years ago, the response has been overwhelming. This New York Times bestseller has been translated into more than thirty languages, has sold nearly a million copies between editions, and has most recently inspired a romantic comedy starring Whitney Cummings and Sofia Vergara. And its profound scientific understanding of the nature and experience of the female brain continues to guide women as they pass through life stages, to help men better understand the girls and women in their lives, and to illuminate the delicate emotional machinery of a love relationship.
Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can’t remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages.
Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, how they communicate, and who they love. While doing research as a medical student at Yale and then as a resident and faculty member at Harvard, Louann Brizendine discovered that almost all of the clinical data in existence on neurology, psychology, and neurobiology focused exclusively on males. In response to the overwhelming need for information on the female mind, Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat women’s brain function.
In The Female Brain, Dr. Brizendine distills all her findings and the latest information from the scientific community in a highly accessible book that educates women about their unique brain/body/behavior.
The result: women will come away from this book knowing that they have a lean, mean, communicating machine. Men will develop a serious case of brain envy.
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.
This author brings up some amazing theories on why women act the ways they do....and not only how they act but how they interact with the opposite sex. There is an explanation for everything in this book. I highly recommend it! I'm going to get The Male Brain as soon as I finish this one :)
I was getting my psychology major and I found this book to have so many issues. How did this get published?
Both of Ms. Brizendine's books about the psychology of men and women are overhyped, sensationalist nonsense that rely on poor sample studies as well as statements that are factually untrue. For example, one of the studies she uses to show that women are naturally better at empathizing and reading people's emotions better are based off of a study that included only women while another study showed both men and women responding with empathy. Another fallacy in her book is the claim that women are better multi-takers because "women's corpora callosa are larger than men's", despite the fact that women's corpora callosa are the same size. Finally, one of the more infamous fallacies in her book is the claim that men are better at math despite the NUMEROUS studies showing that boys and girls are just as good at math as each other as well as studies that show that boys lie about their math skills and say that they do better than girls in spite of the actual test scores which are the same as girls. For anyone who is genuinely interested in the psychology of men and women, stay away from this book. No matter how many copies of her books sell or receive rave reviews from people who don't know squat about neuroscience, Ms. Brizendine's books are pseudoscientific garbage that deserve to be in the same trash bin as books by creationists or climate change deniers.