Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships

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Harper Collins, Apr 23, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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Popular marriage counselor and seminar leader John Gray provides a unique, practical and proven way for men and women to communicate and relate better by acknowledging the differences between them.

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.

Using this metaphor to illustrate the commonly occurring conflicts between men and women, Gray explains how these differences can come between the sexes and prohibit mutually fulfilling loving relationships. Based on years of successful counseling of couples, he gives advice on how to counteract these differences in communication styles, emotional needs and modes of behavior to promote a greater understanding between individual partners. Gray shows how men and women react differently in conversation and how their relationships are affected by male intimacy cycles ("get close", "back off"), and female self-esteem fluctuations ("I'm okay", "I'm not okay"). He encourages readers to accept the other gender's particular way of expressing love, and helps men and women learn how to fulfill each other's emotional needs.

With practical suggestions on how to reduce conflict, crucial information on how to interpret a partner's behavior and methods for preventing emotional "trash from the past" from invading new relationships, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is a valuable tool for couples who want to develop deeper and more satisfying relationships with their partners.

 

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As an author, I'm trying to read books that would give me insights for me to develop my female characters. It's really hit and miss, and unfortunately this book was a miss. My first impression on ... Read full review

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Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray Love the series of books as I find some parts of it directly relate to what I'm going through or have recently solved on my own. My problems are ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus
9
Mr FixIt and the HomeImprovement Committee
15
Men Go to Their Caves and Women Talk
29
How to Motivate the Opposite Sex
42
Speaking Different Languages
59
Men Are Like Rubber Bands
92
Women Are Like Waves
112
Discovering Our Different Emotional Needs
132
How to Avoid Arguments
150
Scoring Points with the Opposite Sex
177
How to Communicate Difficult Feelings
206
How to Ask for Support and Get It
245
Keeping the Magic of Love Alive
272
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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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