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Inside every dominating male is a rebellious little boy seeking to prove his autonomy from Mommy. To help women handle this emotionally armored creature, De Angelis ( How to Make Love All the Time ) offers savvy if familiar advice: Don't mother him; don't "fall in love with a man's potential"; don't act like a little girl in order to get your way, etc. However, many of the "secrets" about men that she proffers either are hardly arcane ("Men feel emotionally rejected when you reject their sexual advances") or seem debatable. This self-styled "instruction manual about men" is stuffed with exercises, quizzes, lists ("Men's Top Twenty Sexual Turn-Offs"), problems/solutions, tips, maxims and anecdotes. The book's brisk, practical approach promises more than it delivers.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Readers' praise for Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know: "I read this book many years ago and having just celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary feel I am in a position to confirm how brilliant this book is. It completely changed my preconceptions that I wasn't even aware of... Barbara encouraged me to chuck 'em out and enjoy life and enjoy my husband!" Gigi "One of the few books I've read which is worth its weight in gold." Anon "Loved it. My bible." Shurooq "Excellent... Highly recommended if you want to have a better understanding of men." Marwa Ayad "Barbara talks to women as adults, which makes a refreshing change from a lot of relationship books." Anon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (November 5, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722527764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722527764
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,524,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very interesting. Obviously, not everyone will fit the typical man (or woman for that matter) as described by DeAngelis, however the information she provided was useful in understanding the man that I work with and the man that I married. I know, because I reviewed the major points made by DeAngelis with both of these men who play big roles in my life, and while they each disagreed on some ideas, they whole-heartedly agreed on others (and both of these men had different views from eachother). In fact, my husband believes this is a very fine book, because *he* was not always able to put these ideas into words when trying to explain his behavior to me. I agree that a *man* would have a better idea of how a man thinks and feels, so when a man tells me that for the most part, DeAngelis is right on the money, then she must know something. Great book!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "joshamman" on November 5, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book after reading and enjoying "Secrets about Women". A lot of the information in this book is re-hashed in the newer one, but it still contains a lot of useful insight into the differences between men and women. Barbara offers valuable relationship information that I believe truely will help anyone interested in knowing more about the opposite sex. This book is written for woman, but I still found a lot of good information in it for me.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2000
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I was stuck in a house with 7 male musicians. As a singer/songwriter I contributed and collaborated with everyone. One problem, no one listened to anything I said, or would dismiss me as if I was just a silly "girl." Everything I tried did not work. At a bookstore I picked up this book, and not expecting much because the situation was so frustrating - I just did a few things, exactly as described in the book. Amazing! Every one of those men started takiing me seriously as not just a musician but person. I was amazed and have given this book to my single friends.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on April 11, 2004
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Barbara DeAngelis did a wonderful job to help women better understand men so that they can have genuine, authentic relationships once the differences are understood. It takes away a lot of the guesswork, and bring valuable advice, tests, questions, and answers that will help women be authentic, real, and genuine while learning how to relate to the man they are with, once they understand their basic inherent differences.

There are a lot of interviews with men in this book that provide the basis for what turns them off, and how they genuinely want to share in an authentic relationship with a woman who is real, as opposed to setting a trap, or manipulating them. Highly recommended for its authenticity and valuable insight.

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence and Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE
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"When a man does not feel good about himself, he will become less loving to you." ~ Barbara De Angelis

Barbara De Angelis is obviously an expert on male-female relationships and as I read all her books I realize how much she has gone through to write such helpful guides. She bases her ideas on surveys and personal experience.

The start of this book is mostly about changing yourself so you become more confident, stop mothering your man and stop nagging constantly. By irritating your man less you get a better relationship instantly. Then you can work on deeper levels of communication because your guy will actually be more interested in talking to you. Barbara De Angelis gives very good advice in this area too. She especially advises you to tell a man what you like to talk about and then stick to a plan. Basically leave the aimless conversations for when you are with your female friends or with a man who has a large corpus callosum. I personally find it more easy to talk to a man who is artistic.

"Like most women I've done all the wrong things to try to get a man to love me, and I`ve had to learn the hard way." ~ Barbara De Angelis

This book has some good tips on how not to rescue men and how to allow them to grow and evolve because they want to, not because you force them to. Barbara talks about how you should get your own life and seek support amongst female friends. As she says: "Men will never be women."

Some of the surprising things in this book include the topic about reasons men want to have sex. You should also avoid asking a man what is wrong and asking a man how you look - especially if you want details.

Barbara DeAngelis did men a favor when she wrote this book almost twenty years ago.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "olas" on March 13, 2002
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I found this book to be very informative. It teaches you how to understand men and how to have a good relationship. It also tells you what they like and dislike, how to treat them. I would say it's like a mini-encyclopaedia of men!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Fraser on April 28, 2009
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Dr. DeAngelis teaches us two very important things in this book. First she tells women that men are not looking for another mother therefore we should treat them as if they are responsible adults and not enable undesirable behaviors. This is difficult for care-taking women like myself - especially because most men need sooo much adjusting. The second and best part of the book reveals many sex secrets that will inform women how to both give and receive sexual pleasures like a pro.
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