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The author of #1 international bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, reveals the key to having a successful relationship By trying to make our partners over in our own likeness, bestselling author John Gray reminds us that we are destroying what we first found so appealing. In Men, Women And Relationships Dr. Gray demonstrates that only through respecting, app The author of #1 international bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, reveals the key to having a successful relationship By trying to make our partners over in our own likeness, bestselling author John Gray reminds us that we are destroying what we first found so appealing. In Men, Women And Relationships Dr. Gray demonstrates that only through respecting, appreciating, and responding to our natural differences, can we achieve real happiness and fulfillment in our relationships. Readers can now discover the simple, practical techniques that will enable them to experience a healthy and supportive love. In addition, Dr. Gray offers valuable insights on: • How men and women communicate — and how to understand the signals. • How each gender copes with stress and deals with conflict. • Why couples fight during good times. • And much more!


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The author of #1 international bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, reveals the key to having a successful relationship By trying to make our partners over in our own likeness, bestselling author John Gray reminds us that we are destroying what we first found so appealing. In Men, Women And Relationships Dr. Gray demonstrates that only through respecting, app The author of #1 international bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, reveals the key to having a successful relationship By trying to make our partners over in our own likeness, bestselling author John Gray reminds us that we are destroying what we first found so appealing. In Men, Women And Relationships Dr. Gray demonstrates that only through respecting, appreciating, and responding to our natural differences, can we achieve real happiness and fulfillment in our relationships. Readers can now discover the simple, practical techniques that will enable them to experience a healthy and supportive love. In addition, Dr. Gray offers valuable insights on: • How men and women communicate — and how to understand the signals. • How each gender copes with stress and deals with conflict. • Why couples fight during good times. • And much more!

30 review for Men, Women and Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toe

    So I originally thought this could help me get laid (even more), but this is the book that made me stop reading books for about a month--and I love books. I made a rule that I was going to stick to: start one book and finish it no matter what before moving on to the next. Yeah, I'm breaking that rule right now because of Men, Women, and Relationships. I didn't finish it and have no plans of ever trying to again. My mind constantly wandered as I sloshed through this garbage. It was a waste of my t So I originally thought this could help me get laid (even more), but this is the book that made me stop reading books for about a month--and I love books. I made a rule that I was going to stick to: start one book and finish it no matter what before moving on to the next. Yeah, I'm breaking that rule right now because of Men, Women, and Relationships. I didn't finish it and have no plans of ever trying to again. My mind constantly wandered as I sloshed through this garbage. It was a waste of my time and it frustrated me to no end. I wasn't retaining any of the information, so what's the point? It is repetitive and boring. Full of flowery language that sounds like it might be profound, it's actually just drivel. Here's an example from page 142, the last paragraph I read before closing this book forever: "Love doesn't require you to be happy about everything your partner says and does. A woman can be loving and accepting and also express feelings of frustration, disappointment, concern, anger, hurt, sadness, and fear. She can be very happy some days and less happy on others. A part of her can be angry and yet another part is happy to be with him. When she is in touch with her true feelings and needs, then when she is happy and appreciative, those feelings will be real and affect him in a positive way. Only then will he be able to truly respond to her needs." Um, yeah. I guess it takes a PhD to know that a woman "can be very happy some days and less happy on others." Yet, this type of esoteric knowledge couldn't save poor John from getting divorced himself. Kinda hurts the credibility methinks. Also, swallow that list. This guy is obsessed with long lists like the second sentence above. There are lists everywhere. He does it to fill space and attempt to hide the fact that he is a charlatan. Randomly opening the book to page 233, which is about 80 pages before the end, provides another example of what I'm talking about. Gray says, "Pam doesn't understand that in an attempt to be loving, accepting, and supportive, she has merely withheld her negative feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, disappointment, fear, and worry." Jesus. Two lists in one sentence, and the second list looks very similar to the one from page 142. It makes me want to shove a splintery chopstick up my pee-hole. Main idea: men and women are different. Women are emotional and enjoy building relationships. They can talk without exchanging information. (That bewilders me, I guess because I'm a man. Or because it makes no sense. What are they saying if no information is being exchanged? Does that even qualify as communication?) They are more likely to blame themselves first when conflicts arise. They talk to figure out what they want to say (which is really damn annoying). They are much more concerned with others' feelings. They are more timid. It takes the average woman 18 minutes to reach orgasm. Men are more analytical and rational. We use language to communicate information, which can be stated another way: we have the ability to shut the hell up. There's no need to fill every damn moment with noise. We determine what we want to say before we begin to speak, which just seems like courtesy to the listener to me. We internalize our problems instead of verbalizing and whining about them all the time. We are much more aggressive and objective-oriented. It takes the average man 3 to 4 minutes to reach orgasm. In short, men are superior in every way. Gray doesn't explicitly say that, but it's my completely unbiased conclusion. Memorable quotes: "This explains why men are often frustrated in communicating with women. Women are apt to expand with a topic, while men want them to get to the point. Generally, when a man speaks he has already silently mulled over his thoughts until he knows the main idea he wants to communicate. Then he speaks. A woman, however, does not necessarily speak to make a point; speaking assists her in discovering her point. By exploring her thoughts and feelings out loud, she discovers where she wants to go." "Regarding communication the male motto is: 'Don't speak unless you have something to say.'" Dr. Gray should heed that advice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Althea Talib

    This book reveals the key of creating and mantaining successful relationships between men and women lies in accepting our differences. By trying to make our partners over in our own likeness. I would recommend this book to my friends that actually like self help book as it does have alot of stories about experiences from Dr Gray. However, personally i did not enjoy this book as much as i expected, i honestly wanted more views and opinions than one fixed opinion on how to fix relationships as hon This book reveals the key of creating and mantaining successful relationships between men and women lies in accepting our differences. By trying to make our partners over in our own likeness. I would recommend this book to my friends that actually like self help book as it does have alot of stories about experiences from Dr Gray. However, personally i did not enjoy this book as much as i expected, i honestly wanted more views and opinions than one fixed opinion on how to fix relationships as honestly alot of the things can be very unexpecting during a relationships

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    I lost this book, and that's okay with me. If what it says hadn't been said a million times before, it might have been worth trudging through. I lost this book, and that's okay with me. If what it says hadn't been said a million times before, it might have been worth trudging through.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Soum Cherry

    une lecture très enrichissante qui nous explique à quel point l'homme et la femme sont deux êtres différents et qui m'a fait rire parfois car il y'a pleins d'exemples de couples en détresse ou chaque femme ou homme interprètent le comportement ou les propos de son partenaire autrement! ce livre est intéressant qui vous aide à mieux entretenir une relation conjugale je le conseille à tout les couples et surtout le lire à deux lol! une lecture très enrichissante qui nous explique à quel point l'homme et la femme sont deux êtres différents et qui m'a fait rire parfois car il y'a pleins d'exemples de couples en détresse ou chaque femme ou homme interprètent le comportement ou les propos de son partenaire autrement! ce livre est intéressant qui vous aide à mieux entretenir une relation conjugale je le conseille à tout les couples et surtout le lire à deux lol!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Excellent book! Worth to be read twice. I have read this book 11 years ago. Nowadays, I found myself in need to read it again to improve my attitudes.. it is really helping. one of its best quote is "Judgments provoke temporary dysfunction, resentments provoke continuous dysfunction." Excellent book! Worth to be read twice. I have read this book 11 years ago. Nowadays, I found myself in need to read it again to improve my attitudes.. it is really helping. one of its best quote is "Judgments provoke temporary dysfunction, resentments provoke continuous dysfunction."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    This book was very descriptive, and I really enjoyed it. It did a good job depicting the differences between men and women and pointing out their different needs. From a woman's perspective, he was very accurate. I appreciated as well that he emphasized that these are often generalizations, and not all women will fit the characteristics of "woman" as described in his text but that does not mean there's something wrong with her...these are just generalizations of what typically is present in a re This book was very descriptive, and I really enjoyed it. It did a good job depicting the differences between men and women and pointing out their different needs. From a woman's perspective, he was very accurate. I appreciated as well that he emphasized that these are often generalizations, and not all women will fit the characteristics of "woman" as described in his text but that does not mean there's something wrong with her...these are just generalizations of what typically is present in a relationship. I particularly liked his way of describing the different emotional needs. I've seen lists from other texts like Love and Respect, Real Marriage, and His Needs, Her Needs, but nothing seemed to make as much sense to me as the lists in this book. For men, love, trust, acceptance, and appreciation...and these are of his ACTIONS. For women, love, care of, understanding, and respect...and these are of her FEELINGS. It was very insightful and educational, and I learned a great deal. He instructs on how to use his feeling letter technique at the end of the book. I've not tried it or anything, but it seems very original and from he says, helpful. So that's a resource that could be potentially helpful. This is not a Christian text, which was good for me as all the other marriage/relationship texts I've read have been from a Christian perspective. This one has probably been my favorite. From a Biblical perspective, all that he says is fine. He approaches the topic from a humanistic perspective, which is okay if you are able to realize how that affects the things that he says... I also found his definition and description of true love to be inaccurate and lacking. Besides that, I have no qualms from a Biblical perspective at all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Thank you Dr. Gray for writing this book. The insights I gained by reading it helped save my relationship with my then-girlfriend. She also read it. This book helped us understand the "why" behind some of the things we each did that made each other crazy. Somehow just understanding why she acted like that removed a lot of the anger in my response. She also understands more about why I have the typical "guy reactions" and no longer fights it when I don't react the way she would. We've been very h Thank you Dr. Gray for writing this book. The insights I gained by reading it helped save my relationship with my then-girlfriend. She also read it. This book helped us understand the "why" behind some of the things we each did that made each other crazy. Somehow just understanding why she acted like that removed a lot of the anger in my response. She also understands more about why I have the typical "guy reactions" and no longer fights it when I don't react the way she would. We've been very happily married now for almost 9 years. I owe that at least in part to this book. I can't give this book any higher praise than that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    I got married for the first and hopefully only time last year. My lovely wife read this book cover to cover recently and has asked that I read it too. I'm not usually interested in self help books. I prefer plot themed stories be them fictional or non-fiction. But that's beside the point, I would be a lousy husband if I didn't give her recommended book a try. This book did offer a couple of useful tips on how to enhance communication with your spouse, or other individuals whom you must interact I got married for the first and hopefully only time last year. My lovely wife read this book cover to cover recently and has asked that I read it too. I'm not usually interested in self help books. I prefer plot themed stories be them fictional or non-fiction. But that's beside the point, I would be a lousy husband if I didn't give her recommended book a try. This book did offer a couple of useful tips on how to enhance communication with your spouse, or other individuals whom you must interact with. It was also however rather redundant and elongated in explaining ideas that could have been expressed in a far smaller number of total paragraphs.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    I go into these self-help books knowing I may only get one or two good pieces of advice, but isn't that worth it if you learn something worthwhile? What I enjoyed about this book is how much it taught me about myself. No, I'm not a stereotypical woman, but I tried to read this honestly and look at things I do that matched Gray's theories, and if I play devil's advocate I have to admit I recognized some things that I wouldn't have otherwise admitted. Having SOME theory as to why I or males I know I go into these self-help books knowing I may only get one or two good pieces of advice, but isn't that worth it if you learn something worthwhile? What I enjoyed about this book is how much it taught me about myself. No, I'm not a stereotypical woman, but I tried to read this honestly and look at things I do that matched Gray's theories, and if I play devil's advocate I have to admit I recognized some things that I wouldn't have otherwise admitted. Having SOME theory as to why I or males I know may do the things they do is at least comforting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    1st Read: August 5, 1996 - August 12, 1996 I had read this book and found it to be an excellent guide for what I was going through at the time. I knew where my faults were and what I had needed to do to bring on personal change and growth. I took the necessary steps to make things better between us. We never got back together and she just fell off the planet it seems. But I am stronger today because of that ordeal and from what I took from the book and put it to memory.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This has really helped my understand my husband more. I think that anyone struggling with their significant other, especially in communication could benefit from the principles talked about in this book regardless of who in the relationship fits the roles talked about.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fenixbird SandS

    LEARN HOW WE DIFFER.. HIGH PRAISE TO JOHN GRAY FOR HIS INSIGHTS...90 % ACCURATE AS TO WOMEN'S WHATEVERS.... IN MY HUMBLE OPINION..... THE LESSONS IN THESE INCREDIBLY "PEACEABLE" PAGES...CAN BE APPLIED ANYWHERE...OUTSIDE OF MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS! JOHN GRAY IS WORTHY OF HIS DEGREE... LEARN HOW WE DIFFER.. HIGH PRAISE TO JOHN GRAY FOR HIS INSIGHTS...90 % ACCURATE AS TO WOMEN'S WHATEVERS.... IN MY HUMBLE OPINION..... THE LESSONS IN THESE INCREDIBLY "PEACEABLE" PAGES...CAN BE APPLIED ANYWHERE...OUTSIDE OF MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS! JOHN GRAY IS WORTHY OF HIS DEGREE...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Howard

    Breezily written, a lot of good information, although lots of disclaimers, a bit gender stereotypical.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tang Lingxi

    I Guess it's ok to read it if you're bored, it has some pretty interesting ideas in it. But the more I read, the more I feel John Gray's making loads by writing the same things over again I Guess it's ok to read it if you're bored, it has some pretty interesting ideas in it. But the more I read, the more I feel John Gray's making loads by writing the same things over again

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Not sure I buy in to his theories

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lina Al-Rayes

    start to read it on Feb 29th, 2008

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Gapasin

    Very insightful. I learned a lot. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I'm a little embarrassed to be reading this, but it is really quite enlightening and reassuring on a number of points. I'm a little embarrassed to be reading this, but it is really quite enlightening and reassuring on a number of points.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ghayda tamimi

    I loved the idea of the fealing letter technigue, I wish I have spare time to try it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anny

    I was reading it in estonian language Title is: Mehed, naised ja suhted

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea G.

    When I was reading this, there were many ohhs and ahhs it got from me. I have been bugging my boyfriend to read this too ever since. He has not read this yet, though, to my dismay.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    Amazing book to understand the opposite sex, the younger you read this the easier relationships will be. Quick easy read where you will crack up as you indentify your faults and your Partners

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abi

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Todd Sheets

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roanne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ирина Франчук

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Maddox

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