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You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation By Deborah Tannen

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation
by Deborah Tannen

Her international bestseller, the book that shows us at last, why we find it so difficult to talk to the opposite sex. Reissued to coincide with her new book The Argument Culture.

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You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation Summary


Why do so many women feel that men don't tell them anything, but just lecture and criticise? Why do so many men feel that women nag them and never get to the point? In this pioneering book Deborah Tannen shows us how women and men talk in different ways, for profoundly different reasons. While women use language to make connections and reinforce intimacy, men use it to preserve their status and independence. Some have claimed that conversations are the forum of male power games, but the author suggests that jockeying for attention is not the whole story and that even when domination is the result, it is not always the intention. She shows how many frictions may arise because girls and boys grow up in essentially different cultures. Where women use language to seek confirmation, make connections and reinforce intimacies, men use it to protect their independence and negotiate status. The result is that conversation becomes a cross-cultural communication, fraught with genuine confusion.

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GOR001018074
You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation
Deborah Tannen
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
1992-03-26
336
1853814717
9781853814716
N/A
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