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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Thorsons; (Reissue) edition (19 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007176139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007176137
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
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A classic and unique self-help book, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus tackles the perennial problems faced by couples everywhere. Gray tells an allegorical story of the Venusians and the Martians who move to Earth, having enjoyed wonderful and fulfilling relationships with one another for many years. However, as soon as they arrive on this planet, amnesia sets in! They can no longer remember that they are from different planets and all sorts of communication and emotional problems set in. Written in an unpretentious and jargon-free style, Gray's tactic of using "Venusian" and "Martian" to refer to the two genders (and he does comment that these roles are not necessarily based on sexual biology) avoids the dead-end path followed by so many people, of using sweeping statements such as: "men always..." or "women just don't understand...". Instead, he says: "Venusians are from a different planet, therefore..." or "Martians need...". This in itself is a worthwhile tactic, removing blame and shifting communication onto a new level where it is OK not to be on the same wavelength all the time and not to automatically understand all your partner's needs. His new naming strategy even manages to be amusing, in a way that many books in this area can fail to be, although the writing tends towards over-simplicity at times.

He discusses every aspect of relationships--but most importantly he does this in practical ways. For example, he lists common statements that people in relationships say to their partners, what is intended, what is actually heard. Gray goes on to suggest ways to say what you intended that are more appropriate for the Venusian or Martian audienc--he even compiles lists of translations of common male/female exchanges.

The tone of the book is always helpful, friendly and non-judgmental, kind and well-meaning, although the typical self-help strategy of repeating and summarising points results in the book seeming somewhat directionless. It is nevertheless an essential title for the bookshelf of every self-respecting self-help addict, and is a good place to start for the curious. It does also have some real gems of wisdom and new strategies. All in all, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is a star guide to understanding the constellations of coupledom. --Alison Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Devoted readers praise Mr. Gray as the saviour of their marriages and his book as the brick that finally knocks some sense into their mates” Washington Times

“When I was 21 and freshly dumped by Harry, my first really grown-up boyfriend, where did I turn but John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus? It was reassuring to know the reason I’d been dumped wasn’t because I was rubbish in bed” New Woman

“Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus has shed light on countless relationship problems, offering an explanation for many social inequalities…a hot topic of debate in households and offices throughout the world” Eastern Daily Press

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Helly on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Brillant, for long relationships. It helps in relationship problems as well as understanding the opposite sex.This book is great because it deals with both male and female sides. NOWAY, is this book just for females.So, listen up this book can improve your relationship! Hope you buy this book because you'll be mad not to!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carno Polo on 1 Oct. 2012
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This is one of the most important books I have ever read. It succintly puts together the reasons why men (basically all men, in any culture) are different from women (all women); why this creates problems of communication in a couple; and what to do about it. I found it fascinating reading and illuminating for its insights. This is a summary table I have written based on the book (sorry it does not appear as a table here because no html is allowed by Amazon. I think it summarizes the main thrust of the argument Gray makes and is spelled out in the video by Paul Dewandre (in French) Les hommes viennent de Mars, les femmes de Venus.

Man:
1) values competence,
2) reasons in sequential mode,
3) wants to resolve a problem alone,
4) is rational,
5) needs trust,
6) needs appreciation
7) is like a dolphin, wants a fish when he gets something done

Woman:
1) values relationship,
2) can do multi-tasking,
3) wants to talk about a problem,
4) is emotional,
5) needs attention,
6) needs understanding,
7) is like a garden, wants to be mantained every day no matter what.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2004
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.......but now I believe that it has saved my marriage. After years of conflict, when only finance kept us together, plus the fear of being alone, I and my husband have entered into a new phase of our relationship. We have both read this amazing book, and we finally understand both ourselves and each other. Right from the first page, you feel as if you are reading about YOURSELF. And about your partner. And about the dynamic of your marriage or relationship. It is quite extraordinary. We are not unique, we are not alone. PLEASE read this book - even if you think you have a happy relationship. Maybe your partner feels differently, but dare not say so. So both read it. Do it now. A stitch in time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
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I finally understand why my husband, and men in general, sometimes seem to speak a different language - we do! An excellent book and easy reading. Highly recommended to anyone interested in communicating effectively with the opposite sex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 24 Feb. 2012
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I bought this book after just over a year of marriage. Why? Because like any relationship you want to give your best but sometimes you feel like you're not doing enough, or you did something wrong without knowing or maybe you just want to understand what the other half feels.

I'm a 27yo man. My wife is 5yrs younger than I, and on top of that she has OCD which according to experts make relationships more difficult. I found we argued a lot over silly things. Things that I thought were silly, but to her weren't. And THIS BOOK OPENED MY EYES! It helped me to see that women are a lot more complicated than I thought. Sure, no man fully understands a woman in my opinion, but by following some of the advice in this book i was able to listen to my wife and help her. I learned what "listening" actually is rather than just listening to the words she said. I learned WHY she feels certain things and that, you know what, its OK for her or I to feel a certain way. The main thing is, as men and women we're designed to think, react and do things differently. And that's OK.

I applaud the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claude on 10 July 2009
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This is the first book I have read on the subject so I had no pre-conception of what to expect. It is written by an American in a style that is not always to UK tastes but I found myself thinking, "Yes, I do that" or "That's why she gets upset". It has a habit of drumming home the point and a little repetitive but on the whole I found it to be an excellent guide and I have started putting into practice some of the advice given with a noticeable improvement in my relationship.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2000
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If you don't mind the rather "touchy-feely" approach,this is an excellent guide to communication within relationships.Having compared notes with my husband,it really does seem as if Mr. Gray has a good insight to both sides of the gender divide.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By James Walsh on 10 Jan. 2010
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In my humble opinion, Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus should be mandatory reading for 16 year olds in all schools worldwide. I had two relationships of 15 years+ and each went down the tubes - and to be totally honest - I didn't know why! Having read this book:
- I now know why both ended
- how much we both gave to each other - but did not know how much the other was giving
- If I had read the book much earlier, the second - even the first relationship - would still be intact - deeply loving each other
- But no regrets - we can't change the past but I am certainly looking forward to the future !!!
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