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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (November 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060507861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060507862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Men and women are alien species, writes relationship guru Gray in this 1993 forerunner to his bestselling Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus series, now in paperback. Women are emotional, subjective, relationship-oriented and like to talk about feelings, while men are rational, objective, work-oriented and like to withdraw into their "cave" and watch TV. The mutual incomprehension of the sexes leads to friction and conflicted relationships in which women feel neglected and unloved and men feel nagged and smothered. Rather than denying or suppressing their differences, Gray argues, men and women must acknowledge their masculine and feminine essences and learn to understand, tolerate and value the characteristics of the opposite sex. Men must learn to listen sympathetically ("make reassuring responses like 'hmm,' 'uh-huh,' or 'tell me more,'") while women must learn to give men space. Gray often pushes the essentialism too far ("Illness and disease are manifestations of the dark side of our female self") and treads lightly around issues of sexism. But many readers will see elements of truth in these behavioral stereotypes, and Gray has a perfect pitch for the ways in which misunderstandings can escalate into shouting matches and deep-seated marital bitterness. His is a hopeful message that troubled relationships stem from a simple failure to communicate, but it skirts the possibility that there might be deeper sources of conflict between men and women.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

John Gray, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading relationship experts, and an authority on improving communication styles for couples, companies, and communities. His many books have sold more than fifty million copies in fifty different languages worldwide. John lives with his wife and children in northern California.


More About the Author

John Gray, Ph.D. is the #1 bestselling relationship author of all time. He is the author of over 20 books, including The New York Times #1 Best-Selling Relationship Book of All Time: MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS. His books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages around the world.

John is a leading internationally recognized expert in the fields of communication and relationships. His unique focus is assisting men and women in understanding, respecting and appreciating their differences. John's advice can be easily used to improve relationships at home and in the workplace.

For more than 35 years, John Gray has conducted public and private seminars for thousands of participants. John entertains and inspires audiences with practical communication techniques. John's mission is for men and women to understand, respect, appreciate and work together.

John Gray is a popular speaker on the national and international lecture circuit and often appears on television and radio programs to discuss his work. He has made guest appearances on such shows as Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, Live with Regis, Fox & Friends Weekend, Good Morning New York, Larry King Live, CNN and Company and many others. He has been profiled in major publications across the United States. John Gray lives with his wife and children in Northern California.
Visit www.MarsVenus.com

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Should be recommended reading for ANYONE even considering marriage.
T. Smith
I would also get a highlighter out and start using it at the begining!
Nickel
Really, get this book to gain understanding into your relationship.
Katherine A. Conrad

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nickel on January 27, 2008
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I would recommend this book to anyone who needs help communicating with, or is filled with resentment toward, their spouse. I would also get a highlighter out and start using it at the begining! I laughed over and over again while reading this book because it was truly as if the author was speaking directly to my husband and I! I never thought it would be THAT good, but it was! Things are so much better now, but it takes practice so this book remains on our shelf for later reference!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deeds-n-VA on February 18, 2008
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I've read several of the M/V books and this one isn't all new info, but it did help me to understand some basic differences in men and women. I wouldn't put it at the top of the list of must-reads, but I think overall, it's worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lilia on June 25, 2011
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The idea of the book is great, reading it makes you understand a lot of things and change your behavior towards the opposite sex!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on November 19, 2011
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It's unfortunate THIS BOOK was NOT the one that sold 50 million copies like "Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus"

This book it 10 times the Mars/Venus book.

Should be recommended reading for ANYONE even considering marriage.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
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"There will always be obstacles to overcome in sustaining a loving relationship. Too often men assume that once they are married, the work of having a relationship is over. Realistically, that is when it begins." ~pg. 124

"Men, Women and Relationships" is the perfect book for troubled times. It is difficult enough to keep a relationship healthy when you are in love and life is going the way you want it to go. After a few years and an added dose of life's inevitable stress men and women start to show different sides of themselves. Men start to withdraw and women become dissatisfied and overwhelmed. This book shows how to deal with these issues especially when stress is the cause.

"Women correct men because they think it will motivate or help them to change. The truth is, it just makes them more stubborn and unyielding." ~ pg. 159

John Gray also discusses how men and women process information and how they can argue less and agree more. Men are instructed to listen more and women are instructed to be a little less nurturing so men don't feel smothered. There is a good section on why women feel unloved that includes a list of suggestions to counter the symptoms of a bad relationship.

If you are serious about your relationship then this book is essential reading. I've read most of John Gray's books and this one had some new and useful information that helped me understand my own marriage on a deeper level.

Also look for:

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex

Mars and Venus Together Forever: Relationship Skills for Lasting Love

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HappyCustomer on November 18, 2011
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This book is not meant for us to place women and men into cookie cutting, identical, stereotype traits or personalities. For me, this book gave me better understanding and insight as to what's going on within myself and my relationships.

It's understanding and accepting your partner's differences, and how to communicate effectively to meet each other needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iris Melillo on January 19, 2008
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First time reading any of Dr. Grey's Venus and Mars books. This was excellent. Both my husband and I gained a tremendous amount of insight as to mind of the opposite sex and how we relate to different situations. I highly recommend it, especially if you are having trouble understanding how your partner does what she/he does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ortiz on June 9, 2010
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This book provides a true map of how to navigate the sexes. A great book for male to female discussions, and it gives excellent insight into the behaviors that people exhibit. An easy, intelligent, great book. Read It!
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