This week, Life Training Online is reviewing Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex, by John Gray Ph.D., the twenty-sixth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

As I first read this, I was a little put off by Gray’s introduction. Specifically this statement, “About 10 percent of women will relate more to being from Mars. This is often simply a result of being born with higher testosterone levels than most other women.” Whether it’s true or not, I cannot say but at least back up a statement like that with some substantial evidence. This is not too suprising coming from a man who earned his “Ph.D” from Columbia Pacific University, a non-accredited correspondence school that was shut down by the state of California.

But before all you Gray fans start hammering away at me, let me tell you what I did like.

Authentic Ph.D or not, Gray is brilliant in taking a subject very much misunderstood and distilling it down to concepts and ideas we can all relate to. I really enjoyed his insights, which showed me he has had a lot of real-world experience. His use of metaphor, while somewhat overdone, is brilliant and really helped me learn why my wife (and former girlfriends) would act the way they do. I also began to understand myself better, such as why I have the need to sometimes get away from her and retreat into my “cave.”

So before you pawn this book off at eBay, I would suggest reading beyond the Introduction and initial chapters. Gray offers some wonderful insights that are sure to help your relationships grow strong.

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is the twenty-sixth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

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