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Gender Differences and Advice on Conflict Resolution Contrary to what many people believe it is fairly easy for a female to develop a stable intimate and mutually fulfilling relationship with a male Of course this male has to be a Labrador Retriever With human males it is extremely difficult This is because there are many differences between the male and female genders The main problem isnt the differences it is the lack of clarity in conversation In an attempt to go beyond the basic stereotypes of men and women studies have focused on descriptions of differences and advice on better understanding the opposite sex Deborah Tannen author of Put Down That Paper and Talk to Me1991 writes For most women the language of conversation is a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationshipsp 10 She also writes For most men talk is primarily a means to preserve independence and maintain status in a hierarchical social order p 10 She explains that men speak more in public settings whereas women prefer to speak in private settings Tannen describes this as Rapport talk and Report talk In Rapport talk commonly used by women emphasis is placed on emotions and feelings Report talk commonly used by men is usually used in public speaking to convey information tell jokes or tell stories While a woman is talking she often assumes that her partner is not listening because men dont always reply Men like to think things through before talking they gather their thoughts and often dismiss them not deeming them important enough to speak about John Gray author of Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus 1992 agrees that there are two types of communication one belonging to men which he calls the Martian language the other belonging to women which he calls the Venusian language Gray reports that there are four main reasons women communicate and only one reason men communicate Women talk to convey information
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