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The Myth of the Unisex Brain with Louann Brizendine

Neuroscience: NP0032 – Session 3

Do you feel like your training has left you unprepared for the differences between men and women in therapy? By understanding gender differences you’ll learn how to become a more effect therapist. Join Louann Brizendine as she helps you increase your therapeutic ability to attune to both male and female clients.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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11 Responses to The Myth of the Unisex Brain with Louann Brizendine

  1. Edie Savage-Weeks says:

    Very, very interesting and informative. Learned so much. I’m looking forward to reading the Female Brain and The Male Brain.


      Dear Edie, so glad you enjoyed it and i hope you will like THE FEMALE BRAIN and THE MALE BRAIN, I know many couples therapists have found it useful to send home for couples to read over the weekend and come back to the next week’s session with more forgiveness for the other sex! (PS the Cliff-NOtes to FEMALE BRAIN for men is page 39, just have them start there.) best regards,
      Dr Louann Brizendine
      UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute

  2. annepauline says:

    absolutely fascinating; thank you so much

  3. says:

    Thank you. Has any work been done in the area of compensatory strategies for the visually impaired related to the importance of mirror neurons for relational skills?

    • Hi Pat and great question! So, not to my knowledge, but i would guess the mirror-neuron ‘system’ for blind folk would be auditory-mirror-neurons..just a guess though. stay tuned, perhaps the neuroscience will catch on and research it. Dr Louann Brizendine

  4. RacealMc says:

    What a revelation that some males don’t have receptors for testosterone and some female brains get bathed in it in the womb! Do we have any idea about how often that happens?
    This was a great conservation.

    • The best available data suggest an androgen insensitivity syndrome incidence of approximately 1 case per 20,400 liveborn males. And for females CAH is the most common adrenal gland disorder of infants and children and the most common autosomal recessive genetic disorder in humans, with an incidence of approximately 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 15,000 births worldwide.
      hope that helps! The trauma of diagnosis and insensitive treatment by the medical profession is the reason these folks often seek therapy.
      Dr Louann Brizendine
      PS I discuss the CAH syndrome in chapter 1 of THE FEMALE BRAIN and the AI syndrome in chapter 1 of THE MALE BRAIN.

  5. boucharm says:

    Very interesting. Will definitely read more about this.

    Would you at least in part attribute the often very active and promiscuous sexual seduction among certain gay men to their male brain configuration, the love and lust pattern; And even, if I dare say : i.e. “inseminate” their partners, so the same in a sense, but actualized “simply” with a different “object”? Or is such conjecture in your view, completely unwarranted?
    Hopefully this does not come across as more stereotyping, but simply based on common and clinical observation. Thank you.

    • Yes Boucharm, during the puberty stage of development the same-sex attraction unfolds for the gay brain at the same time as the opposite-sex attraction occurs for the straight brain.
      Dr Louann Brizendine

  6. musicmfarb says:

    Thank you deeply!! I loved your enriching, dynamic interview with Rich. I look forward to immersing myself in your works. In addition, please know that I greatly appreciate your warm “energy,” humor, accessibility, even your smile. I have a theory that we all learn “better” when we are relaxed and having fun — and you have a gift, even on the Internet, of sharing your knowledge & experiences with a “heart-full” and engaging style. All blessings, and my thanks again, Maralyn Farber, MSW

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