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Do “Mars and Venus” Still Apply?
By : Ron Buckland (Montrose - Vic)
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John Gray has made a fortune from his publications around the Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus theme. Some of it is slick, but an awful lot “speaks” to those able to hear (at least it does to my generation). “Mary comes home from an exhausting day. She wants and needs to share her feelings about the day. She says, ‘There is so much to do; I don’t have time for myself.’ Tom says, ‘You should quit that job. You don’t have to work so hard. Find something you like to do.’ Mary says, ‘But I like my job. They just expect me to change everything at a moment’s notice.’ Tom says, ‘Don’t listen to them. Just do what you can do.’ Mary says, ‘I am! I can’t believe I completely forgot to call my aunt today.’ Tom says, ‘Don’t worry about it, she’ll understand.’ Mary says, ‘Do you know what she’s going through? She needs me.’ Tom says, ‘You worry too much, that’s why you’re so unhappy.’ Mary angrily says, ‘I am not always unhappy. Can’t you just listen to me?’ Tom says, ‘I am listening.’ Mary says, ‘Why do I bother?’ The generalisation is that men use talk to solve problems: to fix; while women use talk to share feelings and information: to relate. I have had too many conversations like that one to feel totally comfortable!

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