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The Male Brain

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,076 ratings  ·  523 reviews
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 l
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Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Harmony (first published September 8th 2009)
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Patrick
Feb 17, 2013 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
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David
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, psychology
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
Spencer
Aug 05, 2010 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
Angela
Jan 30, 2016 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
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Andrew
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Morgan Blackledge
Nov 26, 2014 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 and 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 ve
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Brandy
Oct 25, 2015 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.
Sanar
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
At first I thought it is a good book and I knew a lot of basic stuff about our “male” brain but as I continued on reading it, it’s basically everything what we usually see from “aggressive, sexism and arrogant male” and I’m completely disagree and disappointed at this book because it doesn’t get you to deep down to what we should know about “male brain” .
As a “male” I don’t think this is the right book for those who seek to know other genders chemical hormone structure of male brain.
And other t
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Jonathan Karmel
Nov 22, 2013 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
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Lacey Louwagie
Jul 18, 2010 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
Princessjay
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very easy to read, but based on very shaky grounds. A thin layer of scientific-sounding terms laid over an age old idea of sexual/gender essentialism.

Mentions that much of our behavior/beliefs/tendencies are affected by society and culture; mentions that men and women are more similar than different--then throws these out the window as she proceeds to detail all the ways men are fundamentally a different creature from women.

While there are surely some biological/neurological differences between
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Perri
Jun 17, 2015 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.
R B
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the way Dr. Louann Brizendine chose to present this book. It’s like a novel and a scientific book combined together.
If I were a male I would ask every women in my life to read it because it makes LOTS of sense and explains the “robotic behavior” that many men are accused of lol
Highly recommend along with Brizendine’s other book, “female brain”.
Erica Newcomb
Apr 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Don't read this. Just take a psychology course or something.

I actually read this a while ago since it was given to me as a gift. They clearly did not read the book beforehand and likely chose the book because of its clickbait title. Although I dont need a book to tell me about "the male brain," I decided to give it a shot. If I could give this negative stars I would. I was surprised this book had good reviews. It seems the author found research to back her narrow view of men. The book is extreme
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Summer
Feb 22, 2010 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
Amber Spencer
Jul 12, 2010 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 brain...so 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
Rachel
Apr 05, 2010 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
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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
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Deb
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, dnf
I didn't read the entire book. It's my second dnf. I'm going to rate it anyway because I skipped around and read enough to form a solid opinion. The title of this book is its perfect description. The book is all about how the chemicals, hormones, and specific parts of the male brain influence male thoughts and behaviors.

I am in the midst of dealing with a very troubled teen son. This book triggered all the hurt places in my heart related to him. I don't care if there's a physical explanation be
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Pietro Condello
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely recommend reading this alongside Brizendine's complimentary book "The Female Brain". After reading both of these books, the notion that gender is a purely social construct will collapse under the weight of reasoned argument and biological fact. Between the two, the inherent neurological and hormonal differences between the sexes is examined, and explains why each gender is statistically more likely to exhibit certain traits and behaviours at various stages of life. The downside to thi ...more
dejah_thoris
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sexology
I'm glad I read this one, but it's left me wondering, yet again, if my upbringing by a single-parent father completely re-shaped my brain. I definitely think and perceive more like a man and I live with someone who was raised by women and fits that brain model better than I do. Where's the line? Or is it all merely perception? Hormones definitely drive behavior, but I had to learn how not to cry like any other boy. So, I don't know. Several parts of both books resonate with me and explain some o ...more
Mike
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-learning
A logical and scientific decryption of the mysterious characteristics of male-kind. Finally, a fact-based behind-the-scenes peek of what exactly DOES go on in that thick skull, and why. Surprising, empowering and reassuring.
AnnARegina Enyedi
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why am I not allowed to give 6 or more stars???
This is BY FAR THE BEST book I've read on the topic.
And now I'm closer to fully understanding men. :D
Joya Cousin
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting quick read with a few points is never been introduced to before. I was particularly entertained by the parts about genetic monogamy and voles.
Dania F
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked parts of the book, but find that the author oversimplifies her sentences that involve statistics a lot and sometimes seems to ignore socialisation influences. But overall it is an easy read good for laymen and women.
Mark
Aug 19, 2010 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
Tamra
May 08, 2012 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
Cheryl
Oct 04, 2013 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
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Kater Cheek
May 26, 2010 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.

Redit:

I just re-read this book, five years later, having completely forgotten that I ever read it. I guess it's rather illustrative
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Juliet
Sep 03, 2013 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. Most
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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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