It wasn’t so long ago—maybe 10-15 years—that the field of psychotherapy believed that the fundamental differences between men and women were primarily a result of social conditioning. But as neuroscience has become more and more prevalent in the study of mental health and development, it has also brought to light many misconceptions we have about gender differences.
While some gender-specific behaviors are learned as a child grows up, Louann Brizendine—author of The Female Brain
and The Male Brain
—says that we are all born with brains that are already hardwired with certain male or female characteristics.
Watch this brief clip from Louann’s session in our webcast series Why Neuroscience Matters
to hear her talk about one of the key neurobiological distinctions between the sexes: the need to reproduce vs. the need to nurture the helpless.
This is just one example of how neuroscience ties into psychotherapy teachings that is covered in this series.
Want To Learn More About Brain Science And How It Relates To Your Practice?
Here’s a look at what’s covered in this 6-session series:
- Dan Siegel on Interpersonal Neurobiology in the Consulting Room
Enhance your effectiveness by applying neurobiological principles to your work with clients.
- Rick Hanson on How to Take in the Good: Overcoming the Brain’s Negativity Bias
Apply the insights of Positive Psychology and help clients reshape their brains.
- Louann Brizendine on The Myth of the Unisex Brain
Increase your ability to attune to both male and female clients.
- Michael Gelb on Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age
Increase your sense of personal and clinical possibilities.
- Norman Doidge on The Brain that Changes Itself: Neuroplasticity in Clinical Practice
Explore new and challenging perspectives on the brain as a flexible muscle.
- Stephen Porges on Understanding Polyvagal Theory: Emotion, Attachment, and Self-Regulation
Enhance your ability to create safety and work with traumatized clients.
Why Neuroscience Matters
Concrete Strategies for Your Practice
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