Synopses & Reviews
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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Brizendine brazenly promotes politically incorrect concepts." St. Petersburg Times
"Finally, a satisfying answer to Freud's question, 'What does a woman want?' 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 Social Intelligence
"Sassy, witty, reassuring, and great fun. All women and the men who love them should read this book." Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause
"An eye-opening account of the biological foundations of human behavior. Destined to become a classic in the field of gender studies." Marilyn Yalom, author of A History of the Breast
Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat womens brain functions. This revolutionary book combines two decades of her work and the latest information from the scientific community to provide a truly comprehensive look at the way womens minds work.
About the Author
Louann Brizendine, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, is the founder of the Women's and Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic. She was previously on faculty at the Harvard Medical School and is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley, in neurobiology. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.
Reading Group Guide
Nature or nurture? Which can best explain the differences between male and female interactions—from the intensity of female friendships to the laws of sexual attraction? Bringing a fascinating new voice to the debates that affect relationships, parenting, and even workplace conflicts, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., delivers the latest findings about the physiology behind a womans mind. Explaining both the structure of the female brain as well as the intricate hormonal dance that unfolds throughout a lifetime, Dr. Brizendine distills essential truths and dismisses harmful myths. Brimming with eye-opening facts, The Female Brain
presents a remarkable tour of the innate distinctions between male and female impulses.
The female brain is programmed to be communicative; with that in mind, we hope the topics and questions that follow will enrich your reading groups discussion of The Female Brain.