This and the author's other volume, The Female Brain, must-reads for prospective and current parents, lovers, and anyone else who is interested in interactions between humans of all ages and sexes. A major strength of both books is the factual support provided by lots of primary references. If there is a weakness, it might be the generalization to behavioral, anatomical, and hormonal extremes. There is little or no time spent on what the normal distribution of any of the covered characteristics looks like. While this may be a weakness, it was probably a necessary evil for a book like this. This was a terrific book.
Seems a bit more female biased than I could have wished, but still sheds some light on the matter. Had my fiance read it, and he said the chapter on emotions hit close to home. Shrugged in response to a general query on the book. Take that as you will.
What a shame. I checked out both of Dr. Brizendine's books--The Male Brain and The Female Brain--at the same time, hoping for a neat, side-by-side update of progress in the field. Unfortunately, I could not get past the author's sexual politics to feast on the science.
The author regards masculinity as a pathology. Just read the flaps: the female brain should produce "brain envy," while the male brain "bedevils" women. The former is the ideal state, uncontaminated as the latter is by testosterone, which turns men into the problem they are. I have no time for crap like that. If only she could have stuck to the science.
This relatively short book by a clinical psychiatrist aims to shed light on the how the chemistry and functioning of the human male brain changes throughout a man's life. It's easy to read and not too technical. There is some mention of various parts of the brain, but you don't have to remember them to get the gist of what she's saying. The book is divided into chapters that discuss various stages of a man's life, from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood, middle age, and the "mature" years. She also personalizes the stages by using patient anecdotes (with the names changed) to illustrate the principles of each life stage. The main point of the book is that male brains are physically different from female brains and are better at some things and worse at others than female brains. Not surprisingly, the male brain has evolved to make its owner want a lot of sex! :-) The book is much shorter than it appears -- nearly half its length consists of end notes, references, and an index.
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