The Female Brain
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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.
creates her sense of self as being successful or important. If she doesn’t connect, her sense is of an unsuccessful self. Charles in particular was surprised by how much focus it took to keep up the relationship with his daughter. But he saw that, when he listened attentively, she began to develop more confidence. Empathy This superior brain wiring for communication and emotional tones plays out early in a baby girl’s behavior. Years later Cara couldn’t understand why her son didn’t settle
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out, she noticed that her mood swings and irritability stopped. She told me that her work with preschool teachers and parents had allowed her to become the person she always knew she ought to be. She began to look forward to the nights she spent alone, watching old movies, taking long bubble baths, and working late in her new studio. If her kids called, she was always eager to talk to them, but she found that she would not become as engaged in helping to solve their problems, getting upset, or
about women’s sexual interest and performance are extremely common at all ages. Four in ten American women—nearly half—are unhappy with some aspects of their sexual lives, and be- tween the ages of forty and fifty, that number climbs to six in ten. Some of the most widespread complaints in women during and after the perimenopause are diminished sex interest and arousal, difficulty achieving orgasms, weaker orgasms, and aversion to physical or sexual touch. Millions of women suddenly see
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