Listen to My Exclusive Interview with
Dr. Louann Brizendine on the Daddy Brain
and the Impact of Poverty
Venus versus Mars, male versus female, and men versus women—since time immemorial these two human species need to battle for everything, whether they like it or not. In the process, it leads to a variety of biases and even misconceptions about the opposite sex. There may be no such thing as pure equality between us, but there can be understanding. When you know more about the other, you begin to learn how to communicate more effectively; tolerate or, better yet, accept each other’s differences; and learn to appreciate each other’s presence and contribution in society.
Dr. Louann Brizendine has made it her mission for several years to understand how the brain works for the woman and the man, and her discovery leads to so many things including some of her advocacies.
To be able to impart a very thorough knowledge and explain deep concepts to terms that can be easily understood, Dr. Brizendine underwent a very rigorous and tedious training. She attended some of the biggest and most prestigious schools in the country such as Yale School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, where she obtained her residency. Before these, she completed a Neurobiology degree in the University of California Berkeley. Currently she’s a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of California-San Francisco and a practicing neuropsychiatrist.
She has done a lot of studies and researches that deal with complexities of the female and the male brain, as well as their effects, impacts, or correlations with sexual health, mental health, behavior, and hormones. Her findings eventually allowed her to publish The Female Brain, which, as the title suggests, an in-depth look of how the brain functions in females—why they tend to talk faster than the males, why they are more emotional, and how they choose their mates, among others. It was extremely successful it landed a spot in the New York Times Best-sellers List and was translated to over 30 languages.
Dr. Brizendine, however, didn’t stop there. She comprehensively studied the brain of males as well; and as a fitting follow-up, she wrote The Male Brain, which is also reaping accolades and is translated to over 15 languages and counting (a perfect gift on Fathers Day).
Moms Program and Clinic
Because of her impeccable knowledge of the female brain function, she was able to open a clinic in 1994 specifically for the women. It gives utmost importance to the would-be and existing mothers, who too often experience intense post-partum depression and anxiety. It also tries to meet the needs of women in their perimenopausal and menopausal stages.
In the coming year, 2014, she’s going to launch a Parents Program (which now includes helping fathers deal with the daddy brain). She strongly believes that if she’s able to help either or both of the parents, she’s extending the same assistance to the child.
Men and women still have a lot of things to work on as far as comprehending each other’s behaviors and brain function is concerned. Nevertheless, we are taking the right steps with Dr. Brizendine.
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