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Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps [Paperback]

Allan Pease , Barbara Pease
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Book Description

1 Mar 2001

Barbara and Allan Pease travelled the world collating the dramatic findings of new research on the brain, investigating evolutionary biology, analysing psychologists research, studying social change and annoying the locals. The result is WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS, the sometimes shocking, always illuminating, frequently hilarious look at where the battle line is drawn between the sexes, why it was drawn and how to cross it. Revealed:

Why men really can't do more than one thing at a time

Why women make such a mess of parallel parking

Why men should never lie to women

Why women talk so much and men so little

WHAT MEN AND WOMEN REALLY WANT

A must-read for everyone - you will learn as much about yourself and how to improve your relationships, as you will about the opposite sex.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752846191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752846194
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara and Allan Pease are among the world's leading communication and relationship experts and one of the most successful husband and wife teams in business today. They regularly appear on television around the globe and their 18 bestselling books have been translated into 54 languages, They are marketed in over 100 countries and have sold a staggering 27 million copies, worldwide. Barbara & Allan live with their youngest children in native Australia and travel to up to thirty countries a year giving seminars and conferences. They are parents to six children and have five grandchildren. Their perceptive yet light-hearted insights into relationships between men and women have resulted in millions of fans internationally, and as a result, they are in constant demand for public appearances everywhere.

Allan Pease

Allan Pease researches and studies selling, relationships and human communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that get results. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use these ideas immediately.

In a highly entertaining, fast moving presentation, Allan takes you through powerful communication techniques and teaches you how to decode other people's behaviour - and what to do about it. He also reveals how to decode a wide range of subtle clues that appear in meetings, phone calls, negotiations and face-to-face encounters.

Known worldwide as "Mr Body Language", Allan's own record in the field of selling, motivating and training is equalled by few others. He is a born achiever, starting his career at age 10 selling rubber sponges door to door. At 17, he was the No.1 national salesman for a company selling bed linen and pots & pans. At 21, he was the youngest person ever to sell over $1,000,000 of life insurance in his first sales year.

He has addressed audiences in 65 countries, and his programs are used by businesses and
governments to teach powerful relationship skills. His messages are relevant to any area of life that involves winning people over and getting them to like you, co-operate, follow you or say 'yes'.

Allan - with co-author Barbara Pease - is one of the world's most successful non-fiction authors, writing 18 bestsellers including The Definitive Book of Body Language and Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps. His books have been translated into 54 languages and have sold over 27,000,000 copies. His television series and Number 1.Box Office Movie were watched by over 100 million viewers.

Barbara Pease

Barbara Pease is CEO of the Pease's immensely successful company, Pease International, which produces books, videos, training courses and seminars for business and governments worldwide. She is the co-author of the major best-selling books Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps, Why Men Don't Have A Clue & Women Always Need More Shoes and The Definitive Book of Body Language. She is Australia's biggest selling female non-fiction author, having published 10 #1 Bestsellers and sold over 27 million books.

Barbara was also a top salesperson who at age 22 broke through the million dollar ceiling selling advertising. She started her working life at the age of twelve as a catwalk model and entrepreneured her own modelling agency and listings magazine in her early twenties. She was one of the highest paid models of her time starring in commercials for Toyota, Sheraton Hotels and Coca-Cola.

Barbara has appeared on most major TV programmes in the UK and Europe, including 6 for BBC Science. She is co-author of the #1 European Box Office hit movie "Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Park Cars."


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"Let's look at the thoughts, attitudes, and emotions, as they're experienced, in their very different ways, by men and women". This is one of Allan Pease's chirpy gear-changes in this provocatively titled book. Then he begins to ruminate: men and women live in the same world, but they experience it as if they came from two different worlds. Boys like things, girls like people. Every boy wants to be in a gang, and wants a gun; every girl has her best friend, with whom she shares her secrets. Men want status and power, women want love. It's amazing, he concludes, that they can ever live together. Well, yes, and that living together is a pretty fraught business, though he doesn't seem keen to go too deeply into that: this psychology, with its frequent allusions to research and its jokey little dramatisations, is upbeat feelgood stuff, which is why it's made him such a fortune on three continents. "Listen to this!" he'll say, then on comes an Aussie squabble, the woman berating a husband whose grunts proclaim the fact that he's not listening. But to sell four million copies of a book about body language--in 33 different languages--means Pease and his wife Barbara must be getting something right. There are many scientifically-documented facts about the difference between the sexes, and Pease is selling them with a smile to an ever-growing public. You may be a contented member of that public, or you may find your hackles rising. It takes all sorts! Betty Tadman

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The classic international bestselling book. Allan and Barbara Pease spotlight the differences in the way men and women think.

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79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for men, women and children!!! 23 April 2002
Format:Paperback
Forget Men are from Mars - this is what you really want to / need to know. It will not only help you understand your own and your partner's behaviour, but will give you endless hours of conversation and debate next time you're in the pub! It's not one of those boring, dull relationship books, and does not set out to prove one sex is better than the other - merely that both sexes are different, despite modern society and political correctness trying to suggest that we are more similar than we really are. In fact, according to the book, it will take evolution a million years to catch up with moden society!
Having endured a few jibes from my male friends for reading a 'bird's book', they have now seen their girlfriends reading it after my recommendation and are now reading the book themselves! I must have sold dozens of copies of this book just by talking about it with people!
It's easy to read, addictive and humourous. I guarantee that you won't have another conversation with a member of the opposite sex without thinking about this book!
Buy it and read it NOW!!!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! Some answers... 4 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
I found this book fascinating, and my wife (I think) enjoyed the long excerpts she was subjected to as I read aloud to explain aspects of my behaviour to her.
Initially, some of the Pease's assertions sound just like gender stereotypes - then there is the compelling explanation of why we behave in this way based on the latest research into the brain.
We're just wired differently. "Men don't listen" because our brains only have one speech centre (women have two); and "women can't read maps" because their sense of spatial awareness is not as developed as a man's (in most cases).
The challenge for all of us is to use this knowledge not to reinforce gender stereotypes, but to compensate for genuine, physical differences in our brain wiring by modifying our behaviour. If we do, we will each be better understood by the opposite sex and have more meaningful, fulfilling relationships.
Despite the above paragraph, this book is not a dry, boring scientific research paper; it is a hugely entertaining and enlightening read. Packed with anecdotes, many of them about Barbara and Allan's own misunderstandings between each other, it is very readable.
Buy this book if you'd like some insights into how to improve personal relationships with the opposite sex; how to get along better with 'difficult' men/women at work; or if you'd like to educate your children (of any age) as to how they can more successfully interact with others.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute must for men and woman alike 26 Mar 2001
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Format:Paperback
Have you thrown plates in frustration, threatened divorce, murder or even leaving the planet? If so read one of the most perceptive books of the millenium. We all agree that men and women are different but now you can find the real reasons why men can't communicate as women do and why women do perfectly logical things that they understand but men find confusing and frustrating.
This book looks at the myths of communication and relationships and using the evidence of scientific research proves that the sexes are made biologically different.
It was once thought that babies came into the world like a blank book and it was experience, parental influence and nurturing that influenced how that person would develop but this book very graphically shows that we arrive, like a computer, pre- programmed with ideas,instincts and abilities that date back to cave man days when women were "nest defenders" and men were " lunch chasers". Thousands of years have past since these primative beginnings, life has moved on, men and womens lives have changed and many roles are now reversed, but the people have basically not moved on at all. Our expectations are so different and now more than at any other period in time the rate of divorce and relationship breakdown is at an all time high. This book will change how you see the opposite sex,show you how to handle the differences and be more tolerant and at peace with husbands and wives, sons and daughters. This book should be included in the National curriculum for years 12 - 17. I would guarantee that in 10 years the rate of divorce would begin to decrease.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but sickeningly neo-feminist 15 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
This is not one of those books that insist that there are no differences between men and women, and everyone who suggests there are, is a women-hater and has to to be silenced at any price.
Neither is this book one of those numerous anecdote collections written by clueless authors chasing an easy buck.

This book states clearly that men's and women's natures are profoundly different and that it has been proven by scientific research. The book goes through all kinds of things that confuse men about women and women about men, and explains them based on their biological differences. I now know many things about women I would have never figured out on my own - as well as things that seem natural to me but need to be patiently explained to women. During the more than a decade since I read the book, I have on numerous occasions been able to understand and handle women better, thanks to the information from this book. Let me give you one concrete example.
I was subsituting a colleague who was on vacation, and I had to deal with an urgent task of his which I didn't know very much about. I called a female colleague to get some information and we discussed the matter. After that, I had enough knowledge to get the job done. Next morning, though, she sent me an e-mail in connection with something else, and asked in the postscriptum if I had completed the aforementioned task. My first automatic thought was: who do you think you are sticking your nose into my affairs bitch - do you think I can't do my job? A few seconds later, I remembered about this book and realised that maybe it wasn't her mother complex checking on me ("Did you wash your hands, Johnny? Come here and let me see!
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