Half 2: Males are from Mars,Ladies are from Venus

Mr. Fix-It and the Home-Improvement Committee

(John Grey)—Probably the most incessantly expressed grievance ladies have about males is that males do not pay attention. Both a person utterly ignores her when she speaks to him, or he listens for a number of beats, assesses what’s bothering her, after which proudly places on his Mr. Repair-It cap and provides her an answer to make her really feel higher. He’s confused when she does not respect this gesture of affection. Regardless of what number of instances she tells him that he is not listening, he does not get it and retains doing the identical factor. She needs empathy, however he thinks she needs options.

Probably the most incessantly expressed grievance males have about ladies is that ladies are at all times attempting to alter them. When a lady loves a person she feels accountable to help him in rising and tries to assist him enhance the best way he does issues. She kinds a home-Enchancment committee, and he turns into her major focus. Regardless of how a lot he resists her assist, she persists-waiting for any alternative to assist him or inform him what to do. She thinks she’s nurturing him, whereas he feels he is being managed. As an alternative, he needs her acceptance.

These two issues can lastly be solved by first understanding why males supply options and why ladies search to enhance. Let’s fake to return in time, the place by observing life on Mars and Venus –earlier than the planets found each other or got here to Earth-we can acquire some insights into women and men.


Martians worth energy, competency, effectivity, and achievement. They’re at all times doing issues to show themselves and develop their energy and expertise. Their sense of self is outlined via their capability to realize outcomes. They expertise fulfilment primarily via success and accomplishment. All the pieces on Mars is a mirrored image of those values. Even their costume is designed to mirror their expertise and competence. Cops, troopers, businessmen, scientists, cab drivers, technicians, and cooks all put on uniforms or not less than hats to mirror their competence and energy.

They do not learn magazines like Psychology At the moment, Self, or Individuals. They’re extra involved with out of doors actions, like looking, fishing, and racing vehicles. They’re m the information, climate, and sports activities and could not care much less about romance novels and self-help books.

They’re extra desirous about “objects” and “issues” relatively than individuals and emotions. Even right this moment on Earth, whereas ladies fantasize about romance, males fantasize about highly effective vehicles, quicker computer systems, devices, gizmos, and new extra highly effective know-how Males are preoccupied with the “issues” that may assist them categorical energy by creating outcomes and reaching their objectives.

Reaching objectives is essential to a Martian as a result of it’s a manner for him to show his competence and thus be ok with himself. And for him to be ok with himself he should obtain these objectives by himself. Another person cannot obtain them for him. Martians pleasure themselves in doing issues all by themselves. Autonomy is an emblem of effectivity, energy, and competence.

Understanding this Martian attribute will help ladies perceive why males resist a lot being corrected or being instructed what to do. To supply a person unsolicited recommendation is to presume that he does not know what to do or that he cannot do it on his personal. Males are very sensitive about this, as a result of the difficulty of competence is so crucial to them.

As a result of he’s dealing with his issues on his personal, a Martian not often talks about his issues except he wants knowledgeable recommendation. He causes: “Why contain another person once I can do it on my own?” He retains his issues to himself except he requires assist from one other to discover a resolution. Asking for assist when you are able to do it your self is perceived as an indication of weak point.

Nevertheless, if he really does need assistance, then it’s a signal of knowledge to get it. On this case, he’ll discover somebody he respects after which speak about his drawback. Speaking about an issue on Mars is an invite for recommendation. One other Martian feels honoured by the chance. Mechanically he places on his Mr. FIX-It hat, listens for some time, after which provides some jewels of recommendation.

This Martian customized is likely one of the causes males instinctively supply options when ladies speak about issues. When a lady innocently shares upset emotions or explores out loud the issues of her day, a person mistakenly assumes she is in search of some knowledgeable recommendation. He places on his Mr. Repair-It hat and begins giving recommendation; that is his manner of displaying love and of attempting to assist. He needs to assist her really feel higher by fixing her issues.

He needs to be helpful to her. He feels he might be valued and thus worthy of her love when his talents are used to resolve her issues.

As soon as he has provided an answer, nevertheless, and she or he continues to be upset it turns into more and more troublesome for him to pay attention as a result of his resolution is being rejected and he feels more and more ineffective. He has no concept that by simply listening with empathy and curiosity he might be supportive. He doesn’t know that on Venus speaking about issues will not be an invite to supply an answer.


Venusians have totally different values. They worth love, communication, magnificence, and relationships. They spend plenty of time supporting, serving to, and nurturing each other. Their sense of self is outlined via their emotions and the standard of their relationships. They expertise fulfilment via sharing and relating.

All the pieces on Venus displays these values. Moderately than constructing highways and tall buildings, the Venusians are extra involved with dwelling collectively in concord, group, and loving cooperation. Relationships are extra necessary than work and know-how. In most methods their world is the other of Mars.

They don’t put on uniforms just like the Martians (to disclose their competence). Quite the opposite, they get pleasure from sporting a distinct outfit on daily basis, in accordance with how they’re feeling. Private expression, particularly of their emotions, is essential. They might even change outfits a number of instances a day as their temper adjustments.

Communication is of major significance. To share their private emotions is rather more necessary than reaching objectives and success. Speaking and relating to 1 one other is a supply of super success.

That is arduous for a person to understand. He can come near understanding a lady’s expertise of sharing and relating by evaluating it to the satisfaction he feels when he wins a race, achieves a objective, or solves an issue.

As an alternative of being objective oriented, ladies are relationship oriented; they’re extra involved with expressing their goodness, love, and caring. Two Martians go to lunch to debate a challenge or enterprise objective; they’ve an issue to resolve. As well as, Martians view going to a restaurant as an environment friendly option to method meals: no procuring, no cooking, and no washing dishes. For Venusians, going to lunch is a chance to nurture a relationship, for each giving help to and receiving help from a good friend. Ladies’s restaurant speak might be very open and intimate, nearly just like the dialogue that happens between therapist and affected person.

On Venus, everybody research psychology and has not less than a grasp’s diploma in counseling. They’re very concerned in private progress, spirituality, and every part that may nurture life, therapeutic, and progress. Venus is roofed with parks, natural gardens, procuring facilities, and eating places.

Venusians are very intuitive. They’ve developed this capability via centuries of anticipating the wants of others. They pleasure themselves in being thoughtful of the wants and emotions of others. An indication of nice love is to supply assist and help to a different Venusian with out being requested.

As a result of proving one’s competence will not be as necessary to a Venusian, providing assist will not be offensive, and needing assist will not be an indication of weak point. A person, nevertheless, might really feel offended as a result of when a lady provides recommendation he does not really feel she mists his capability to do it himself.

A girl has no conception of this male sensitivity as a result of for her it’s one other feather in her hat if somebody provides to assist her. It makes her really feel cherished and cherished. However providing assist to a person could make him really feel incompetent, weak, and even unloved.

On Venus it’s a signal of caring to offer recommendation and options. Venusians firmly consider that when one thing is working it may well at all times work higher. Their nature is to need to enhance issues. Once they care about somebody, they freely level out what might be improved and recommend the right way to do it. Providing recommendation and constructive criticism is an act of affection.

Mars may be very totally different. Martians are extra resolution oriented. If one thing is working, their motto is do not change it. Their intuition is to go away it alone whether it is working. “Do not repair it except it’s damaged” is a standard expression.

When a lady tries to enhance a person. he feels she is attempting to repair him. He receives the message that he’s damaged. She does not understand her caring makes an attempt to assist him might humiliate him. She mistakenly thinks she is simply serving to him to develop.


With out this perception into the character of males, it’s totally straightforward for a lady unknowingly and unintentionally to harm and offend the person she loves most.

For instance, Tom and Mary had been going to a celebration. Tom was driving. After about twenty minutes and going across the similar block a number of instances, it was expensive to Mary that Tom was misplaced. She lastly advised that he name for assist. Tom turned very silent. They ultimately arrived at  the occasion, however the pressure from that second endured the entire night Mary had no thought of why he was so upset.

From her facet she was saying “I like and care about you, so I’m providing you this assist.”

From his facet, he was offended. What he heard was “I do not belief you to get us there. You might be incompetent!”

With out understanding about life on Mars, Mary couldn’t respect how necessary it was for Tom to perform his objective with out assist. Providing recommendation was the final word insult. As we’ve got explored, Martians by no means supply recommendation except requested. A manner of honoring one other Martian is at all times to imagine he can clear up his drawback except he’s asking for assist.

Mary had no concept that when Tom turned misplaced and began circling the identical block, it was a really particular alternative to like and help him. At the moment he was notably weak and wanted some further love. To honor him by not providing recommendation would have been a present equal to his shopping for her a wonderful bouquet of flowers or writing her a love be aware.

After studying about Martians and Venusians, Mary realized the right way to help Tom at such troublesome instances. The subsequent time he was misplaced, as a substitute of providing “assist” she restrained herself from providing any recommendation, took a deep stress-free breath, and appreciated in her coronary heart what Tom was attempting to do for her. Tom enormously appreciated her heat acceptance and belief.

Usually talking, when a lady provides unsolicited recommendation or tries to “assist” a person, she has no thought of how vital and unloving she might sound to him. Though her intent is loving, her options do offend and damage. His response could also be sturdy, particularly if he felt criticized as a toddler or he skilled his father being criticized by his mom.

For a lot of males, it is extremely necessary to show that they’ll get to their objective, even when it’s a small factor like driving to a restaurant or occasion. Sarcastically he could also be extra delicate concerning the little issues than the large. His emotions are like this: “If I can not be trusted to do a small factor like get us to a celebration, how can she belief me to do the larger issues?” Like their Martian ancestors, males pleasure themselves on being specialists, particularly in the case of fixing mechanical issues, getting locations, or fixing issues. These are the instances when he wants her loving acceptance essentially the most and never her recommendation or criticism.


Likewise, if a person doesn’t perceive how a lady is totally different, he could make issues worse when he’s attempting to assist. Males must keep in mind that ladies speak about issues to get shut and never essentially to get options.

So many instances a lady simply needs to share her emotions about her day, and her husband, considering he’s serving to, interrupts her by providing a gentle movement of options to her issues. He has no thought why she is not happy.

For instance, Mary comes residence from an exhausting day. She needs and must share her emotions concerning the day.

She says, “There may be a lot to do; I haven’t got any time for myself.”

 Tom says, “It’s best to stop that job. You do not have to work so arduous. Discover one thing you love to do.”

Mary says, “However I like my job. They simply count on me to alter every part at a second’s discover.”

Tom says, “Do not take heed to them. simply do what you are able to do.”

Mary says, “I’m! I can not consider I utterly forgot to name my aunt right this moment.”

Tom says, “Don’t be concerned about it, she’ll perceive.”

Mary says, “Have you learnt what she goes via? She wants me.”

Tom says, “You are worried an excessive amount of, that is why you are so sad.”

Mary angrily says, “I’m not at all times sad. Cannot you simply take heed to me?”

Tom says, “I’m listening.”

Mary says, “Why do I even hassle?”

After this dialog, Mary was extra pissed off than when she arrived residence searching for intimacy and companionship. Tom was additionally pissed off and had no thought what went flawed. He wished to assist, however his problem-solving ways did not work.

With out understanding about life on Venus, Tom did not perceive how necessary it was simply to pay attention with out providing options. His options solely made issues worse. You see, Venusians by no means supply options when somebody is speaking. A manner of honoring one other Venusian is to pay attention patiently with empathy, searching for really to grasp the opposite’s emotions.

Tom had no concept that simply listening with empathy to Mary categorical her emotions would carry her super reduction and success. When Tom heard concerning the Venusians and the way a lot they wanted to speak, he regularly realized the right way to pay attention.

When Mary now comes residence drained and exhausted their conversations are fairly totally different. They sound like this: Mary says, “There may be a lot to do. I’ve no time for me.”

Tom takes a deep breath, relaxes on the exhale, and says, “Humph, sounds Ii ike you had a tough day.”

Mary says, “They count on me to alter every part at a second’s discover. I do not know what to do.”

Tom pauses after which says, ” “Hmmm.”

Mary says, “I even forgot to name my aunt.”

Tom says with a barely wrinkled forehead, “Oh, no.”

 Mary says, “She wants me a lot proper now. I really feel so unhealthy.”

Tom says, “You might be such a loving individual. Come right here, let me offer you a hug.”

Tom provides Mary a hug and she or he relaxes in his arms with an enormous sigh of reduction. She then says, “I like speaking with you. You make me actually joyful. Thanks for listening. I really feel significantly better.”

Not solely Mary but additionally Tom felt higher. He was amazed at how a lot happier his spouse was when he lastly realized to pay attention. With this new consciousness of their variations, Tom realized the knowledge of listening with out providing options whereas Mary realized the knowledge of letting go and accepting with out providing unsolicited recommendation or criticism.

To summarize the 2 most typical errors we make in relationships:

1. A person tries to alter a lady’s emotions when she is upset by turning into Mr. Repair-It and providing options to her issues that invalidate her emotions.

2. A girl tries to alter a person’s conduct when he makes errors by turning into the home-improvements committee and providing unsolicited recommendation or criticism.


In mentioning these two main errors I don’t imply that every part is flawed with Mr. Repair-It or the home-improvement committee. These are very constructive Martian and Venusian attributes. The errors are solely in timing and method.

A girl enormously appreciates Mr. Repair-It, so long as he does not come out when she is upset. Males must keep in mind that when ladies appear upset and speak about issues will not be the time to supply options; as a substitute she must be heard, and regularly she’s going to really feel higher on her personal. She doesn’t have to be fastened.

A person enormously appreciates the home-improvement committee, so long as it’s requested. Ladies must keep in mind that unsolicited recommendation or criticism particularly if he has made a mistake-make him really feel unloved and managed. He wants her acceptance greater than her recommendation, so as to study from his errors. When a person feels girl will not be attempting to enhance him, he’s more likely to ask for her suggestions and recommendation.

Understanding these variations makes it simpler to respect our accomplice’s sensitivities and be extra supportive. As well as we acknowledge that when our accomplice resists us it’s in all probability as a result of we’ve got made a mistake in our timing or method. Let’s discover this in better element.


When a lady resists a person’s options he feels his competence is being questioned. Consequently he feels mistrusted, unappreciated, and stops caring. His willingness to pay attention understandably lessens.

By remembering that ladies are from Venus, a person at such instances can as a substitute perceive why she is resisting him. He can mirror and uncover how he was in all probability providing options at a time when she was needing empathy and nurturing.

Listed below are some transient examples of the way a person would possibly mistakenly invalidate emotions and perceptions or supply undesirable options. See if you happen to can acknowledge why she would resist:

1. “You should not fear a lot.”

2. “However that’s not what I mentioned.”

three. “It isn’t such an enormous deal.”

four. “OK, I am sorry. Now can we simply overlook it.”

5. “Why do not you simply do it?”

6. “However we do speak.”

7. “You should not really feel damage, that is not what I meant.”

eight. “So what are you attempting to say?”

9. “However you should not really feel that manner.”

10. “How are you going to say that? Final week I spent the entire day with you. We had a good time.”

11. ” OK, then simply overlook it.”

12. “All proper, I will dean up the yard. Does that make you cheerful?”

13. “1 received it. That is what you must do.”

14. “Look, there’s nothing we are able to do about it.”

15. “If you’ll complain about doing it, then do not do it.”

16. “Why do you let individuals deal with you that manner? Neglect them.”

17. “When you’re not joyful then we must always simply break up.”

18. “All proper, then you are able to do it any further.”

19. “To any extent further, I’ll deal with it.”

20. “After all I care about you. That is ridiculous.”

21. “Would you get to the purpose?”

22. “All we’ve got to do is…

23. “That is by no means what occurred.”

Every of those statements both Invalidates or makes an attempt to elucidate upset emotions or provides an answer designed all of the sudden to alter her destructive emotions to constructive emotions. Step one a 22 man can take to alter this sample is solely to cease making the above feedback . To observe listening with out providing any invalidating feedback or options is, nevertheless, an enormous step.

By clearly understanding that his timing and supply are being rejected and never his options, a person can deal with a lady’s resistance significantly better. He does not take it so personally. By studying to pay attention, regularly he’ll expertise that she’s going to respect him extra even when at first she is upset with him.


When a person resists a lady’s options she feels as if he does not care; she feels her wants aren’t being revered. Consequently she understandably feels unsupported and stops trusting him.

At such instances, by remembering that males are from Mars, she will as a substitute appropriately perceive why he’s resisting her. She will mirror and uncover how she was in all probability giving him unsolicited recommendation or criticism relatively than merely sharing her wants, offering info, or making a request.

Listed below are some transient examples of the way a lady would possibly unknowingly annoy a person by providing recommendation or seemingly innocent criticism. As you discover this listing, keep in mind that these little issues can add as much as create massive partitions of resistance and resentment. In a few of the statements the recommendation or criticism is hidden. See if you happen to can acknowledge why he would possibly really feel managed.

1. “How are you going to consider shopping for that? You have already got one.

” 2. “These dishes are nonetheless moist. They’re going to dry with spots”

three. “Your hair is getting form of lengthy, is not it?”

four. “There is a parking spot over there, flip [the car] round.”

5. “You need to spend time with your folks, what about me?”

6. “You should not work so arduous. Take a day without work.”

7. “Do not put that there. It’s going to get misplaced.”

eight. “It’s best to name a plumber. He’ll know what to do.”

9. “Why are we ready for a desk? Did not you make reservations? “

10. “It’s best to spend extra time with the youngsters. They miss you. “

11. “Your workplace continues to be a large number. How are you going to assume in right here? When are you going to scrub it up> “

12. “You forgot to carry it residence once more. Possibly you would put it in a particular place the place you may bear in mind it.”

 13. “You are driving too quick. Decelerate otherwise you’ll get a ticket.”

14. “Subsequent time we must always learn the film opinions.”

15. “I did not know the place you had been.” (It’s best to have known as.)

16. “Someone drank from the juice bottle.”

17. “Do not eat together with your fingers. You are setting a foul instance.”

18. “These potato chips are too greasy. They are not good to your coronary heart.”

19. “You aren’t leaving your self sufficient time.”

20. “It’s best to give me extra [advance] discover. I can not simply drop every part and go to lunch with you.” 21. “Your shirt does not match your pants.”

22. “Invoice known as for the third time. When are you going to name him again?”

23. “Your toolbox is such a large number. I can not discover something. It’s best to set up it.”

When a lady doesn’t know the right way to instantly ask a person for help  or constructively share a distinction of opinion , she might really feel powerless to get what she wants with out giving unsolicited recommendation or criticism (once more, we discover this subject extra totally afterward). To observe giving acceptance and never giving recommendation and criticism is, nevertheless, an enormous step.

By clearly understanding he’s rejecting not her wants however the best way she is approaching him, she will take his rejection much less personally and discover extra supportive methods of speaking her wants. Steadily she’s going to understand man needs to make enhancements when he feels he’s being approached as the answer to an issue relatively than as the issue itself.

In case you are a lady, I recommend that for the subsequent week observe restraining from giving any unsolicited recommendation or criticism. The lads in your life not solely will respect it but additionally will likely be extra attentive and aware of you.

In case you are a person, I recommend that for the subsequent week you observe listening every time a lady speaks, with the only real intention of respectfully understanding what she goes via. Follow biting your tongue everytime you get the urge to supply an answer or change how she is feeling. You can be stunned once you expertise how a lot she appreciates you.

Subsequent we are going to see Males are from Mars and Ladies are from Venus-Males Go to Their Caves and Ladies Speak.



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