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Men vs Women

  • Date Submitted: 11/17/2010 12:03 PM
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Review of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"

Recently, we read the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, by John Gray, Ph.D. This informative book explained how to improve communication and to get what you want in relationships. The book focuses on understanding the differences between men and women, and learning how to use the information to change your relationships permanently.

“Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: They forgot they were from different planets.”

Dr. Gray uses this metaphor to explain the conflicts that commonly occur between men and women. In his book, he teaches how to avoid the problems caused by the differences that come between the sexes, and shows how we can all achieve fulfilling, loving relationships. Two of the main topics are how men and women deal with stress, and how men and women speak different languages.

How men and women deal with stress is a very important factor in relationships. Dr. Gray believes that men become withdrawn and very focused, while women become overwhelmed and very emotionally involved. Men don’t burden others with their problems, instead, they feel that they should solve them alone. They are capable of losing their awareness of everything and everyone around them and become distant, unresponsive, and forgetful. Although women resent this, they must try to have patience.

On the other hand, for women, sharing problems with others is a sign of trust. They can openly share their feelings of frustration and hopelessness. Women are not looking for immediate solutions, but want to be understood. When women talk about problems, men feel that they are being held responsible. Instead of trying to offer explanations or solutions, he should listen to understand.

Gray says that because men and women can learn to respect and...


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