- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060507861
- ISBN-13: 978-0060507862
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Men, Women and Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex Paperback – November 12, 2002
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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.
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I talked to a couple people who felt the book was too quick to categorize men and women into boxes...but he actually addresses that argument in the book, saying that everyone is unique and their masculine/feminine traits can cross a whole spectrum. He describes the traits themselves as being masculine or feminine - he is not saying that all men fit in this box and all women fit in another box. The point is that we need to recognize and honor both sides of ourselves.
I have to say that some of the concepts were difficult for me to grasp in a few places where it seemed like the author gravitated to writing like the Ph.D. that he is (then again maybe it's just me); but he made up for it by providing lots of examples. The thing I really did not like about the book is the format - all the headings are given the same weight, even though some should obviously be subheadings, and that makes it a challenge (for people like me) to follow the line of thought and how concepts are connected. I feel the book could be organized a lot better. In fact, I feel like I need to go back and read the first third of the book again, now that I'm aware of that.
Nevertheless, the information I got from this book is so valuable that I give it 5 stars and a high recommendation.
We have many differences along with experiences. I can say this book helps you to realize how we come to a certain person.
Yet to expand your knowledge to understand to harmonize together.