Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Club


Welcome to Book Club. The first rule of Book Club is: you do not talk about Book Club. The second rule of Book Club is: you DO NOT talk about Book Club! Third rule of Book Club: Host chooses "Book!", read it, discuss it, the Book is over. Fourth rule: the choice of book is not up for discussion, Host chooses. Fifth rule: one Book at a time, sistahs. Sixth rule: No host, no book, no club, so offer to host. Seventh rule: Books will go on for a set month. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Book Club, you will be the first to jump & offer an opinion. xo

The MOUNTAINS ECHOED 


This past week we've been trying to get a book club going. We have discussed creating one since last year, but finally decided to ask people to join in. I managed to confuse everyone when I swapped out words from the most famous Fight Club Quote to restate the rules for our Book Club in a fun, memorable way.

Our first book was chosen by one of my favorite bookies Naddles. She chose The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, the New York Time's best selling author of  The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I'm excited to read it!

THE FEMALE BRAIN


This past week I finally finished The Female Brain  by Louanne Brizendine, M.D. It was a fantastic read and allowed insight into the way we think. She offers interesting insight throughout her book. Here is a quick recap of some of the more interesting facts I learned:

  • Take verbal tests on day 12 of your cycle as that is your mental peak
  • When at peak of fertility and in need of a mental boost, male sweat glands called androstadienone  will "brighten your mood" and offer mental clarity within six minutes (pg 87). 
  • Women have stronger and truer gut feelings due to their ability to read even the slightest of human movement/expression (pg 122). This may be the reason why women also have a harder time falling asleep after scary movies, as they are more in tune with emotions (pg 123).
  • Anxiety is four times more common in women (132) and this is supposedly a good thing. It allows a woman to concentrate quickly to protect her children and manage a hectic schedule. Women are three times more likely to suffer from SAD than their male counterparts (133) and genes which can cause depression can skip over males in a family and can just effect women. 
Consistently, she clears the fog regarding topics that you have likely wondered about yourself. She explained Premenstural Dysphoric Disorder  (PMDD) describing how hormone levels (estrogen and progesterone) need to stabilize. This can be achieved with the help of the contraceptive pill, and through depression meds, which can help our bodies' serotonin levels.

I thought the most interesting section of the book focused on menopause. All women go through it, but I really don't know much about it. Other than it gives the older women in my life hot flashes - which seems like the worst thing to undergo in a work environment. The book discusses the inevitable low energy, libido, and mood that comes hand in hand with menopause. She discusses the use of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone to fight off these side effects. By replacing hormones and keeping the body vastly more stable, we can lead happier and more productive lives.

Louanne Brizendine also writes about the laws of attraction and monogamy. She offers that there is a "Monogamy Gene" (pg 73) and that when we are looking for a mate we strive to find a mate with a long gene variation of the vasopressin receptor, as these men are most likely to pair-bond, mate for life. She claims that men are not the only promiscuous sex, that science proves females are as well. Once the dad figure has been established, at certain times of the month, women become sexually attracted to the smell of the best genes in a room, even if they are perfectly happy in their relationship.

I highly encourage you to read this book as you will learn about a wide range of topics regarding the female brain. It helped me to further understand the hormonal and chemical happenings in a female brain and how these hormones can effect the various relationships and productivity in our lives. 

Happy Reading.
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