About Gender and Communication

        Deborah Tannen, Anne Moir, and others have researched how typi-cal "male brains" and "female brains" interact with the world. Brain gen-ders may differ from the person's body gender.

Typical male brains prefer...

  things, power, rank, and status

  facts, reason, rules, and logic

  competing, achieving, and win-       winning

  analyzing and figuring out

  assertion and aggression

  intellectual understanding

  sex (intercourse / orgasm)

  companionship and doing

  organizing and achieving

Typical female brains prefer...

  people and relationships

  feelings, senses, and meaning

  harmony, relating, and sharing

  intuiting and "knowing"

  co-operation and mutuality


  love and intimacy

  closeness and being

  personal and social dynamics

These priority differences can promote communication conflicts or effec-tive problem solving. Awareness of these differences and metatalking about them can raise your communication effectiveness! See Lesson 2

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