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The Male Brain

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From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.

Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of li
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Harmony (first published September 8th 2009)
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Aug 02, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, audiobook
While this book started out slow, it got better as the author went through the stages of male brain development. And I learned something from this book. In the section on middle-aged married life, a couple went for marriage counseling. The wife recently got a promotion to a higher-paid, higher-stress position. She ranted at her husband about the problems she was having at work. When the husband tried to logically solve her problems, the wife claimed that he wasn't even listening to her. She want ...more
Aug 06, 2010 Spencer rated it liked it
I can believe that men are hardwired to look at bazooms. But I dont buy her biological determinism. You can make a strong case for it in most of the animal kingdom but it seems such a small motive in humans. If its all about spreading your DNA, what about the lack of DNA spreading among queers? kiddie twiddlers? anyone who uses contraception? the celibate? the infertile? aged women? attraction to women who dont show obvious signs of supposed fertility? That thinking drives me nuts. Perhaps she w ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not quite as eye-opening or as comprehensive as the author's previous book ("The Female Brain"). Some notes:

- At 7 months, boys can detect anger from their mother's face; at 12 months they have the ability to ignore that.
- Boys often squirm while learning and doing calculations. In one study, girls did calculations better if they physically moved while doing calculations.
- Male prairie voles are monogamous, but not montane voles. Is there a monogamy gene?
- Men know if they're sexually attracted
Feb 19, 2013 Patrick rated it did not like it
Sometimes half the truth is worse than a lie.

JDN 2456343 EDT 15:53

A review of The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine.

As soon as I saw that the birthday gift I had opened was a book called The Male Brain, I was worried it would distort science in the service of gender stereotypes.

It turned out to not be quite as bad as I feared, but it does have a lot of the flaws I expected. One of the most ubiquitous is a tendency that seems subtle at first, but turns out to be quite insidious in its effect: This
Mar 10, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This audio book enlightened me and made me wish I'd read it before I got married or even once I started dating. I've heard parts of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," but I like this book better because it deals with the scientific, biological differences rather than gender stereotypes.
I thought the study based in Utah about men's blood pressure actually going down from warm touch was interesting. It helped me to understand why sex is such a need for men. They are hardwired to need it j
Apr 05, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
I found the book very eye opening and enlightening, it was even more fun to read it with my husband, Nick! The book was great in explaining the many hormones that "rule" the male brain and the different stages a man's brain goes through. It was fascinating to learn how much the brain changes throughout a lifetime and how it is constantly changing, growing and learning through a persons entire life.
What I did not enjoy about the book was that it felt like an incomplete sentence. There was great a
Jonathan Karmel
Nov 09, 2014 Jonathan Karmel rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. In the epilogue, the author states that she believes this book "can provide men with a sense of relief at finally being understood." I did feel that way after reading this book. It was great to read a book about male behavior that was entirely positive (philosophically), as opposed to what I find to be much more common these days: a bunch of normative claims that men and boys should be different from how they actually are.

This book is extremely well-written. There's
Maria Ella
"I believe that learning about the male brain can help men and women feel more intimacy, compassion, and appreciation for each other."

And it really helps you - on how to deal with adventurous boys, of hormonal-driven teens, of sexually-driven young men and or compassionate-yet-problem-solver dads.

It was a series of visits to the writer, and as she puts along her sentiments and her anecdotes, and her researches, she was able to narrate the genetics and the chemicals and all those scientific bl
Aug 29, 2015 Perri rated it really liked it
I liked this as much, if not more, than the Female Brain, since it helped clear up some confusion;) Both books easy reads and even lacking scientific rigor, I think everyone could learn something by reading.
Feb 09, 2012 Summer rated it really liked it
The author of The Female Brain writes the other side, The Male Brain. Lots of people commented to her during the writing of this book, "that'll be a short book!" It is also said that "there won't be much to tell." She does a wonderful job of proving all those critics wrong. I like how in her research and counseling she tries to bridge the gap of understanding with males vs. females and gives them hope and knowledge about what does really make the other sex tick. This was her aim. She mentioned a ...more
Aug 19, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. I really didn't want to put it down. There are a few parts where the author describes scenes along with what's happening in the it reads really intensely and a little graphic. I wouldn't recommend this for someone not married. However, with a husband and two little boys, learning about how the male brain works from infancy to old age was very fascinating. I think it'll help me be a better mother (as long as I can remember certain things!) and definately a better ...more
May 08, 2012 Tamra rated it it was ok
O.K. I'd really give it 2 1/2 stars but that's all. It was o.k. There was some informative info but for the most part most of it was pretty obvious. But here's what I didn't like, 1/2 the book are all her notes and reference. And here's what I HATED about the book. She wrote as if men are men and they can't help it. They have no self control. They have to cheat. They have to fight. They have to be selfish. No mention that perhaps men can control themselves. Maybe they can use mind over matter an ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
I like this *more* than the female brain. Seems odd, since I've GOT one (brain that is) and presumptively would have less to learn. However, I feel Brizendine's a better author than she was while writing the other, and cuts loose a little more, so it's more fun to read. There is more of a case study approach, which can feel padded with fluff to me, in books of this sort. (I'm thinking of any number of baby / child rearing pop-psy manuals.) But not this time. Perhaps because it's short and, a bit ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Jul 23, 2010 Lacey Louwagie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lacey by: Tracy
Shelves: non-fiction
A lot of what I said for The Female Brain holds true for this one, too. Incredibly readable and consistently fascinating. There were times when I wanted Louann to go into more depth, but I read some of the notes in the back, which helped a bit with my thirst for more info. And this book gave me some insight into working with adolescent boys that I was hoping to get (and didn't) at a workshop last month, so I was glad to have that gap filled in. Also like The Female Brain, the sweeping generaliza ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooked
I wanted to find something eye-opening or enlightening in this book. Instead, what I found was a narrow view of the stereotypical man told through anecdotes that read like a cheesy romance novel.
I was disappointed by the cliche ideas and examples of the MAN, as well as the implicit notion that a man (or any human) is not always responsible for his actions because OMG THE HORMONES ARE ATTACKING! At one point, the author explicitly stated that a man couldn't help looking at a woman's breasts; sor
Morgan Blackledge
Nov 28, 2014 Morgan Blackledge rated it really liked it
I can see that a lot of people, some of whom I have high regard for did not particularly care for this book. I have to break with the pack on this one as come out as a fan.

I completely understand the criticism. Especially some of the reviews that took issue with the fact that the book offers a narrow, cartoonish stereotype of heterosexual male behavior.

I get it. I totally do. And I agree. But I have to admit, I laughed out loud a bunch of times while listening to this thing (I have the audio ver
Oct 27, 2015 Brandy rated it did not like it
I read this book to try to better understand my dad, my husband, my largely male coworkers and to a lesser extent my son.
The book was awful. It didn't help and I wish I hadn't read it. If men are truly this weak willed and hormone ruled, I want to switch teams and join the lesbians. Insulting to every intelligent, self controlled male I know.
Kater Cheek
Sep 16, 2015 Kater Cheek rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It isn't groundbreaking, in that a lot of what it says comes as no surprise to women (fact: young men really do think about sex 24 x 7) but it's easy to read and has illustrative anecdotes. The most illuminating parts were the ones that described baby boys and teenage boys. I'd recommend it especially to those who have sons they don't understand.


I just re-read this book, five years later, having completely forgotten that I ever read it. I guess it's rather illustrative
Sep 03, 2013 Juliet rated it liked it
So I've just started & if you think I quoted the female brain, you'll be hearing about the male brain. Toddler boys are wired to run around. Did you know that teen boys find their mother's smell to be disgusting?

So while I listened to this book, I think it would be better in read visually rather than listened to. I may actually borrow a paper version from the library to reinforce what I learned. Lots going on today, so I feel my brain cannot recall all of the good information in this book. M
Петър Стойков
Oct 13, 2015 Петър Стойков rated it really liked it
С извинения за мързеливото ревю, практически копиращо това на другата книга на авторката :)

Доста готина книга, описваща мъжкия мозък от гледна точка на хормоните, които регулират неговата работа и на неговата специфична физиология, засягащи разликите му с женския такъв.

Невробиолог и практикуващ лекар-специалист по въпросите на нервните разстройства, авторката проследява развитието на мъжкия ембрион още от зачатието, описва как хормоните в майчината утроба влияят на развитието му, минава през дет
Leonidas Kaplan
Jan 16, 2015 Leonidas Kaplan rated it it was amazing

To err is to be human (to commit errors, is to be human), and to be human is to be a bag of flesh and hormones.

The male brain is driven to get territory, to be top dog, and to have an insatiable sex drive (sex, status, and power).

The male is almost a slave to his testosterone and ultimately his sex drive. On the other hand, a female is a slave to her estrogen and monthly hormonal fluctuations telling her what to think and feel.

Action, assertiveness, and playing rough are biologically wired withi
Shashwat Singh
Dec 29, 2014 Shashwat Singh rated it really liked it
A great look into the male brain and what makes it tick. Reading this book helped me gain a lot of insight into my own thinking and psychology.

She goes over how the male brain works during various different stages of life as well as gender differences between male and female brains. A lot of the differences are due to the different hormones that men and women have.

She explains why young boys act more boisterous than girls and get into more trouble. Basically, a little bit of danger and injury i
Mar 27, 2014 Carter rated it it was amazing
TL;DR: Amazing. This should be required reading for every man, woman, and child (okay, maybe not young children).

Note: I'm reading "The Female Brain" by Louann Brizendine next, and I have no reason to doubt that it should be required reading also, especially for the dudes. Gender is a two-way street, people! It wouldn't be fair to only read one half of the story ;)

Dr. Louann Brizendine does an amazing job telling the narrative of the male brain as it goes through various stages in life. Every pa
Mar 19, 2016 Phan rated it really liked it
This is a read intended for anyone who is interested in the title. It involves neurobiology, real life examples, couple therapy, children upbringing .. bla bla. Not a really ground-breaking work, but the author has her way to make it a page-turner. Furthermore, the bio of Louann Brizendine gives her credibility in this area. (She completed her degree in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, graduated from Yale School of Medicine and did her internship and residency at Harvard Medical School. She has also ...more
Stefan Wyper
Nov 17, 2014 Stefan Wyper rated it really liked it
Want to understand how a man works?
Why do men get angry and stay angry?
Why do teenagers become depressive and abrasive?
Why do much older men in their 50's become better listeners, more caring and more attractive to younger women?
Why do fathers and sons tease each other to bond?
Why do young adults need structure and regimentation to be more successful?

Louann Brizendine (MD) answers these questions in great depth and clarity with her book the Male Brain. A must read for anyone within a marriage o
Feb 13, 2016 Murph rated it really liked it
Brizendine is a neuropsychiatry research scientist and a clinician. She has written two books: The Female Brain (2006) and The Male Brain (2010), which I have chosen to read and review at the same time. This review will compare and contrast both books.

The Female Brain and The Male Brain both follow very similar formats, which review the various stages people go through in life and how those stages affect the brain. If you read both books you will see that a lot of the content is duplicated in b
Jan 03, 2016 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ensayo
Claro, conciso y entretenido. La mayor pega que le puedo poner es que es muy cortito, se queda en 163 páginas si no cuentas las notas y la bibliografía, con lo que la autora ilustra lo que explica con ejemplos muy clásicos, y en ocasiones parece que se decanta por el determinismo biológico, pero creo que porque son los que más claramente se van a entender en un libro divulgativo que pretende llegar a toda clase de público.
James Hatton
Nov 18, 2014 James Hatton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louann Brizendine, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist. I presume she knows what she's talking about. The book makes me think she does. Read this. It's worth it.

Yes, the above is exactly what, and all, I said about her book, The Female Brain. That's because I always get in trouble with women when I share what SHE wrote in HER book. Because I'm male I guess I can't read. Whatever.

As far as the male brain goes, what about these: Pushing His Limits, Showing His Strength, First In Line, Looking Good and Sa
Sep 21, 2014 Jayashree rated it liked it
It's revealing, interesting. It's scientific, but lucid and simple.
A must-read for all women. You're luckier if you get to read it when you're still a girl.
Here are the answers for all "why"s by ever-wondering women. "Why do you do that", "why don't you listen", "why don't you talk to me", "why this devil-may-care attitude", "why such aggressiveness", "why don't you feel anything", "why can't you resist yourself watching at an hourglass figure", "can't you think anything else other than ***", so
Jun 29, 2014 Aprijanti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
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Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a practicing clinician, best-selling author, public speaker and media commentator who specializes in the relationship dynamics that result from the neurobiology of male and female brains.

She completed her degree in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, graduated from Yale School of Medicine and did her internship and residency at Harvard Medical School. She has also served on bot
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