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The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions between Men and Women by Audrey Nelson, Ph.D., Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D.

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CHAPTER 1

Getting Started

Are Men and Women Just Born Different or Do They Learn to Be Different?

What are little boys made of?Frogs and snails,And puppy-dogs’ tails;That’s what little boys are made of.What are little girls made of?Sugar and spice,and all that’s nice;That’s what little girls are made of.

—Robert Southey (1820)

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the seven most-asked questions about gender communication.
  • Create an awareness of the origin of sex differences in communication style.
  • Assess personal style and the ability to code switch.
  • Understand the importance of adopting an androgynous style to improve communication with the opposite sex.

Introduction

Although we are different, men and women are designed to be allies and can complement ...

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