Book Analysis: The Male Brain
Similarly to Louann Briezendine’s “The Female Brain”, “The Male Brain” takes us through the changes throughout the lifetime of a male brain. It breaks down each stage of a male’s life and takes a look at the happenings of their brains from boyhood, through their teen years, into relationships and children, finally ending with the mature male brain. “The Male Brain” explains many of the biological reasons, along with the learned reasons behind many of the common traits and behaviors found in males. The focus of this analysis will be on how male brains differ from females, and whether that gives them an advantage or disadvantage in work settings. It will include how the early development of boys brains effects their traits and personalities, how men and women differ when it comes to emotions, and how all of these things contribute to the historical stereotype that men are better leaders than women.
As Brizendine explained, from a very early age boys are interested in completely different things than girls. Although I don’t agree with her idea that boys are programmed to act a certain way, I believe that part of their traits belongs to their biological hardwiring and the other are due to their culture and upbringing. As it says in “The Male Brain”, at a young age boys are more likely to take risks and break rules. This relates directly with Eagly and Carly’s “Through the Labyrinth” when they state “women presumably evolved a strong concern with their own personal safety as well as tendencies to be fearful and anxious and to avoid danger and risk.” These statements translate very well into the stereotypical man when it comes to his career. While most of the time women are afraid to take risks, as it said in the TED talk “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”, men are willing risk takers which leads to bigger paybacks, especially in their careers. Women are also more concerned with how other people feel and everyone getting along,...
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