Gender Communication Differences:. Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus, and I’m your interpreter. BOYS: group-oriented teamwork= strong group of friends. GIRLS: individual-oriented one-on-one talking= one or two best friends.
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Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus, and I’m your interpreter.
teamwork= strong group of friends
one-on-one talking= one or two best friendsChildhood Study:Development of social skills begins at a very early age.
looking for differences to achieve status
young boys try to “one up” each other
stronger personalities give orders= leader= HIGHER STATUS
weaker personalities accept orders= subordinate= LOWER STATUS
look for similarities to achieve connection
try to achieve equalityDiffering Perceptions:
avoid direct eye contact
are still listening, although they may not look directly at you
misinterpret direct eye contact as confrontational or flirtatious
direct, face-to-face gaze
used to focus on connection
misinterpret no eye contact as a sign of not listening
Non-verbal Communication:LISTENING RITUALS“Parallel Chairs” Study: when speaking, boys kept chairs side by side, but girls turned their chairs to face each other.
boys “play fight”
playing Devil’s Advocate
used NOT to challenge but rather to explore possibilities
Women misinterpret oppostion as:
indication of bad idea or mistake
“I’m not sorry I’m sorry”
means I’m sorry that happened
NOT a personal apology
used as a transition in conversation
Men misinterpret apology as:
not bossy or offensive
Women misinterpret direct orders as:
use strategies not to appear bossy
“could we do this…”
“do you think it’s possible…”
“I would do it this way…”
Men misinterpret indirect approach as:
not being managerial
easier to say “NO”GIVING ORDERS:
Expectations for how an authority figure should speak is based upon men in authority.