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3.0 out of 5 stars probably won't have many male fans, 2 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Female Brain, the (Paperback)
I'm not a huge fan of this book, and probably few males are. Honestly, it seems like thinly veiled male bashing, and I've read that some of the references cited by the author are questionable. For example, the 20000 female spoken words per day versus 7000 male words per day claim. I'd like to meet the person, ANY person, who on average speaks 20000 words a day; that number seems more than a bit high unless you're an auctioneer, not to mention the supposed 3:1 ratio in words between women and men. Another problem I have with this book is that it uses vague generalities to describe supposedly prototypical women and men, without acknowledging the vast differences in personality and behavior between individuals within each gender. There is also an overemphasis on sex hormones versus neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, where such neurotransmitter systems probably play a prominent role in encoding many of the characteristics the author ascribes to hormones. On the other hand, the author is good at conveying complex subject matter in simple language, and has a pleasing style of writing. I also think she genuinely cares about her patients, and this comes through in her writing. Overall, worth taking a look. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2008 07:17:56 GMT
Stellastar says:
Have you tried counting how mnay words people speak in a day before concluding the author is wrong?

As for the "thinly veiled male bashing" - I'd be interested to know which part you think does this. My impression was the author was very matter of fact, not presenting women as better than men. Indeed one could argue given our loopy pms, much higher tendancy to depression and obsessive mommy brain leading us to ignore the needs of our husband when we have a young family, women don't exactly come off well in the book.

I will agree personality seems to be somewhat ignored at times, but I guess any such book will include generalisations.
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