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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.

Based on years of successful counseling of couples and individuals, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus has helped millions of couples transform their relationships. Now viewed as a modern classic, this phenomenal book has helped men and women realize how different they really are and how to communicate their needs in such a way that conflict doesn't arise and intimacy is given every chance to grow.

Topics: Guides, Marriage, Communication, Dating, Love, Sex, and Intimacy

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061793363
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"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus." *about five minutes later* "Mężczyżni są Marsa, Kobiety są Wenus." *that took awhile to type* "Book by Crazy Americans" *pauses* No, that has an adjective. {If you try to learn a language, you'll start to know what I mean.} (Play word association with The Google-- American.... Express. American.... Horror Story. Polish.... Women.) Although it's a little odd that "Wenus" is indeclinable, it makes me wonder if I did everything right. Anyway, that's my review. Oh, and he should have used a semi-colon. In the title. Semi-colons are my favorite grammatical.... thingie. I think you're batshit; I'm learning Polish. Hahaha, A-hahahahaha. Yeah. (8/10)more
It was nearly ten years ago when I first read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and I remember thinking how fortunate I was to stumble across such an honest guide to understanding the opposite sex. There were secrets to be revealed here and all I needed to do was pay attention.Today I'm married to a marvelous Venusian woman, and maturity has helped me appreciate how much more I still had to learn from my bachelor days. If anything, my greatest lesson is perhaps the Socratic wisdom—I know that I know nothing.From experience I can attest to this book's timeless insight.more
John Gray is an inspiration in understanding the differences between the sexes. I am a latecomer to the book and have found it to be as up to date now in 2011 as it was when it was written.more
This book is wonderful. An important guide for improving communication and relationship skills. By recognising that men and women are different with different emotional needs, we can understand how to better communicate with the opposite sex and to know the other's needs and wants. Through better loving and respectful communication you can build a loving relationship. The book in the last chapters explore some techniques to improve the psychological well being of individuals to better improve the way couples communicate and relate to each other.more
i liked this book becouse it show you the differences between men and women way of thinking it show you the physical and differant intrest and how they deal with proplems and give you an examples i recomed this book for who want to have more knowledge about how to deal with womenmore
Insightful, no doubt. A 'modern' version would be more interesting.more
What more can be said about this rivetting read? It is the kind of work the reader ploughs through its pages and stops to think ''Mmm...that's me right there!'. Although, in terms of the contemporary nature of how the complexity of modern relationships can be handled I still prefer 'Ten Statements' by JL Shash which in my opinion is more of a modern day relationship masterpiece in comparison to 'Men Are from Mars..''. Having said that, the power of John Gray's vivid illustrations in this book cannot be discounted ; his notion of women retreating into their ''wells'' and men into their ''caves'' sheds more light on how both sexes tend to misconstrue certain situations. Ever heard of the cliched ''things every man and woman must do before they die?''....well, my personal recommendation for whoever hasn't already done so is to try reading this before they bite the dust!more
At the time of reading, well skimming, I actually found this interesting and entertaining and it has led to some pretty animated discussions down the pub. Wouldn’t say it changed my life or that I follow it to the letter.more
EVERYONE should read this book, because the points made can apply to the workplace, to friendships, to siblings and to parents. I didn't agree with all of it and at times felt lie Gray was being a bit sexist but overall I will use some of these points in the book to understand my current relationships. I have already attempted some of them with my husband and can feel the understanding beginning to work. It's not a fun read... I had to read a chapter then put it down because I would get bored, but one that will help men and women alike.more
I *need* to keep this book on my shelf. Gray is a genius.. he sees and explains things so clearly that were once so mysterious to me. I now understand my own and others' relationships so much better (had a few revelations just while reading the book!). He does repeat a lot, but if you read the book as quick as I did, that's necessary.. otherwise I would forget more of it. As it is, I'm gonna have to re-read it after awhile to refresh my memory.more
Fairly interesting book, informative in a lot of ways but not to be taken word for word (as no one is the same).more
I'm not a fan of self-help books, but this book offers insights into the differences in the ways men and women communicate and how each can be easily misunderstood by the opposite sex.more
I am still reading this book, and every page is more and more interesting and I recommend this book to any women out there that is having any kind of complications with their relationships, or if they need to try and have an understanding of how a mans brain works lolmore
This isn't a book I ever expected to find myself reading, but it was recommended to me as good preparation for marriage by someone whose judgement I trust, so I decided to give it a go. In terms of literary merit, it isn't terribly well-written, and has an irritating tendency to say the same thing over and over and over again. In terms of content, however, it's spot on, and full of helpful suggestions for improving communication between yourself and your partner, thus making your whole relationship better. A must-read for anyone who just doesn't get what makes the opposite sex tick.more
Best examples I've ever seen to help you understand how the opposite sex tends to think, see their world, and communicate. EXTREMELY practical!more
The more I think abut this book that I have owned for approximately ten years, the more I think it's just stupid. Maybe this is helpful for someone who actually does think that men and women are different species, or is completely clueless re the opposite sex. I mean, if you can't figure out on your own that men don't like to be given advice and like their egos (etc.) stroked or that women often feel overworked and underappreciated and tend to like presents, maybe this is the book for you. But realize, too, that it's an extremely simplistic analysis of the war between the sexes.more
This isn't my preferred genre, but since my Mom gave it to me, I figured I'd give it a try. After having been together for 8 years now, DH and I have already figured out most of this stuff on our own, so I didn't really learn anything new. The basics are this... When communicating, women seek empathy, and men seek advice. Men do not discuss problems unless they feel that they are unable to cope alone, and they do not want advice if they haven't asked for it. Women don't want advice, and they don't want their problems fixed, they merely want to be heard and understood. The author also discusses the concept of a man's "cave," an emotional place where he can retreat as necessary, later emerging with newfound energy and stability. The generalizations are bothersome, since not all men and women exhibit the same characteristics and coping mechanisms, but in our situation, they DO hold true. The excessive Mars and Venus metaphors also get a bit irritating as did the repetition, but overall, I could see this book helping some relationships, even though I did not get much out of it.more
Surprisingly Christian! His main premise that he returns to again and again is, not in so many words, we all just need to give each other a lot of grace and be more sacrificial too. I highly recommend it for women who are overly romantic, or have lots of sisters but no brothers. It'll help clear up a lot of problems before they start.more
Too many generalizations, and it seemed to me that he was making an awful lot of excuses for men's behavior, telling women how to accept it, but not much in the line of how men should accept women's behavior. Sometimes insightful, but not particularly useful.more
Some useful truths, but boring to read in parts.more
This secular, popular, work makes large generalizations about men and women and how they communicate. fun to read, but not very accurate, psychologically.more
I now understand my wife better. I am glad this book was recommended to me. Now I need my wife to read it.more
Misogynistic trash. Read Cordelia Fine's 'Delusions of Gender' instead, then Anne Fausto-Sterling's 'Myths of Gender.' No thanks needed, friends.more
This book saved my relationship and helped me understand my boyfriend!more
Love this book. more
Intelligent, insightful, useful, and sometimes repetitive.more
awesomemore
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"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus." *about five minutes later* "Mężczyżni są Marsa, Kobiety są Wenus." *that took awhile to type* "Book by Crazy Americans" *pauses* No, that has an adjective. {If you try to learn a language, you'll start to know what I mean.} (Play word association with The Google-- American.... Express. American.... Horror Story. Polish.... Women.) Although it's a little odd that "Wenus" is indeclinable, it makes me wonder if I did everything right. Anyway, that's my review. Oh, and he should have used a semi-colon. In the title. Semi-colons are my favorite grammatical.... thingie. I think you're batshit; I'm learning Polish. Hahaha, A-hahahahaha. Yeah. (8/10)more
It was nearly ten years ago when I first read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and I remember thinking how fortunate I was to stumble across such an honest guide to understanding the opposite sex. There were secrets to be revealed here and all I needed to do was pay attention.Today I'm married to a marvelous Venusian woman, and maturity has helped me appreciate how much more I still had to learn from my bachelor days. If anything, my greatest lesson is perhaps the Socratic wisdom—I know that I know nothing.From experience I can attest to this book's timeless insight.more
John Gray is an inspiration in understanding the differences between the sexes. I am a latecomer to the book and have found it to be as up to date now in 2011 as it was when it was written.more
This book is wonderful. An important guide for improving communication and relationship skills. By recognising that men and women are different with different emotional needs, we can understand how to better communicate with the opposite sex and to know the other's needs and wants. Through better loving and respectful communication you can build a loving relationship. The book in the last chapters explore some techniques to improve the psychological well being of individuals to better improve the way couples communicate and relate to each other.more
i liked this book becouse it show you the differences between men and women way of thinking it show you the physical and differant intrest and how they deal with proplems and give you an examples i recomed this book for who want to have more knowledge about how to deal with womenmore
Insightful, no doubt. A 'modern' version would be more interesting.more
What more can be said about this rivetting read? It is the kind of work the reader ploughs through its pages and stops to think ''Mmm...that's me right there!'. Although, in terms of the contemporary nature of how the complexity of modern relationships can be handled I still prefer 'Ten Statements' by JL Shash which in my opinion is more of a modern day relationship masterpiece in comparison to 'Men Are from Mars..''. Having said that, the power of John Gray's vivid illustrations in this book cannot be discounted ; his notion of women retreating into their ''wells'' and men into their ''caves'' sheds more light on how both sexes tend to misconstrue certain situations. Ever heard of the cliched ''things every man and woman must do before they die?''....well, my personal recommendation for whoever hasn't already done so is to try reading this before they bite the dust!more
At the time of reading, well skimming, I actually found this interesting and entertaining and it has led to some pretty animated discussions down the pub. Wouldn’t say it changed my life or that I follow it to the letter.more
EVERYONE should read this book, because the points made can apply to the workplace, to friendships, to siblings and to parents. I didn't agree with all of it and at times felt lie Gray was being a bit sexist but overall I will use some of these points in the book to understand my current relationships. I have already attempted some of them with my husband and can feel the understanding beginning to work. It's not a fun read... I had to read a chapter then put it down because I would get bored, but one that will help men and women alike.more
I *need* to keep this book on my shelf. Gray is a genius.. he sees and explains things so clearly that were once so mysterious to me. I now understand my own and others' relationships so much better (had a few revelations just while reading the book!). He does repeat a lot, but if you read the book as quick as I did, that's necessary.. otherwise I would forget more of it. As it is, I'm gonna have to re-read it after awhile to refresh my memory.more
Fairly interesting book, informative in a lot of ways but not to be taken word for word (as no one is the same).more
I'm not a fan of self-help books, but this book offers insights into the differences in the ways men and women communicate and how each can be easily misunderstood by the opposite sex.more
I am still reading this book, and every page is more and more interesting and I recommend this book to any women out there that is having any kind of complications with their relationships, or if they need to try and have an understanding of how a mans brain works lolmore
This isn't a book I ever expected to find myself reading, but it was recommended to me as good preparation for marriage by someone whose judgement I trust, so I decided to give it a go. In terms of literary merit, it isn't terribly well-written, and has an irritating tendency to say the same thing over and over and over again. In terms of content, however, it's spot on, and full of helpful suggestions for improving communication between yourself and your partner, thus making your whole relationship better. A must-read for anyone who just doesn't get what makes the opposite sex tick.more
Best examples I've ever seen to help you understand how the opposite sex tends to think, see their world, and communicate. EXTREMELY practical!more
The more I think abut this book that I have owned for approximately ten years, the more I think it's just stupid. Maybe this is helpful for someone who actually does think that men and women are different species, or is completely clueless re the opposite sex. I mean, if you can't figure out on your own that men don't like to be given advice and like their egos (etc.) stroked or that women often feel overworked and underappreciated and tend to like presents, maybe this is the book for you. But realize, too, that it's an extremely simplistic analysis of the war between the sexes.more
This isn't my preferred genre, but since my Mom gave it to me, I figured I'd give it a try. After having been together for 8 years now, DH and I have already figured out most of this stuff on our own, so I didn't really learn anything new. The basics are this... When communicating, women seek empathy, and men seek advice. Men do not discuss problems unless they feel that they are unable to cope alone, and they do not want advice if they haven't asked for it. Women don't want advice, and they don't want their problems fixed, they merely want to be heard and understood. The author also discusses the concept of a man's "cave," an emotional place where he can retreat as necessary, later emerging with newfound energy and stability. The generalizations are bothersome, since not all men and women exhibit the same characteristics and coping mechanisms, but in our situation, they DO hold true. The excessive Mars and Venus metaphors also get a bit irritating as did the repetition, but overall, I could see this book helping some relationships, even though I did not get much out of it.more
Surprisingly Christian! His main premise that he returns to again and again is, not in so many words, we all just need to give each other a lot of grace and be more sacrificial too. I highly recommend it for women who are overly romantic, or have lots of sisters but no brothers. It'll help clear up a lot of problems before they start.more
Too many generalizations, and it seemed to me that he was making an awful lot of excuses for men's behavior, telling women how to accept it, but not much in the line of how men should accept women's behavior. Sometimes insightful, but not particularly useful.more
Some useful truths, but boring to read in parts.more
This secular, popular, work makes large generalizations about men and women and how they communicate. fun to read, but not very accurate, psychologically.more
I now understand my wife better. I am glad this book was recommended to me. Now I need my wife to read it.more
Misogynistic trash. Read Cordelia Fine's 'Delusions of Gender' instead, then Anne Fausto-Sterling's 'Myths of Gender.' No thanks needed, friends.more
This book saved my relationship and helped me understand my boyfriend!more
Love this book. more
Intelligent, insightful, useful, and sometimes repetitive.more
awesomemore
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