- Hardcover: 286 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (April 23, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006016848X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060168483
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,361 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships Hardcover – April 23, 1993
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Psychotherapist Gray ( What You Feel You Can Heal ) adds to the growing number of self-help books that assess marital and relationship problems in terms of distinct and pervasive gender differences. Unfortunately, his overuse of gimmicky, often silly analogies and metaphors makes his otherwise down-to-earth guide hard to take seriously. Here Martians (men) play Mr. Fix-It while Venusians (women) run the Home-Improvement Committee; when upset, Martians "go to their caves" (to sort things out alone) while Venusians "go to the well" (for emotional cleansing). While graphically illustrative, the hyperbolic, overextended comparisons, particularly in the chapters that refer to men as rubber bands and women as waves, significantly detract from Gray's realistic insights.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Couples counselor Gray addresses the topic of male-female relationships with humor, insight, and understanding. Author of What You Feel , You Can Heal (Heart Pub., 1989), he offers practical advice on understanding the opposite sex and achieving satisfactory relationships. He argues that we must accept the fact that men and women have different values, communication styles, and intimate needs, then offers practical tips on avoiding painful arguments, asking for support, and communicating during difficult times. His "Venusian/Martian" phrase dictionary lists statements made by men and women and the ways in which they are often misinterpreted. Written in a light tone that keeps the reader's interest, this is a very helpful source for couples trying to keep love alive. Recommended for self-help and therapy collections.
- Demetria A. Harvin, "Hospital Medicine," New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Men Need: Trust, Acceptance, Admiration, Appreciation, Approval, and Encouragement.
Women Need: Caring, Understanding, Respect, Devotion, Validation and Re-Assurance.
Without an awareness of what is impotence to the other sex men and women don't know or realize how much they maybe hurting or depriving their partners.
If your having difficulties understanding why your partner behaves a certain way, this book will provide you with better insight and help you to process why women and men act certain ways hence the title book name "Men are from MARS and Women are from Venus. By far, it's the BEST self-improvement book for couples. All I HAVE TO SAY IS BUY IT!!!!
To be frank, this book goes on for 321 pages, but it could have said what it said in 160 pages. I believe that the EXCESSIVE repetition was deliberate in order to underscore the point enough times to make the reader remember it.
In essence, the author said that men and women are two different things and therefore communicate in different ways. Each sex will try to relate to another sex in the way that would make senses to him/ her.
And that's the beginning of all problems.
Men seem to see life as a series of finite tasks to be quantified and brought to completion with a minimum of talking.
Women seem to see life as a series of emotional experiences that don't necessarily have relative values. Getting a woman a $100,000 house does not count 100,000 times more than buying her a $1 flower.
If the author wanted to use 321 pages, he could have also done a bit of evolutionary/ developmental biology to explain the genesis of these differences. Maybe the author was not trained in this and left it out. Maybe he thought that he would lose his audience if he got into that. Either way, I could have used a bit of discussion about that.
Verdict: Recommended for all men who are both over 18 years old AND interested in women.