Or, in other words, is Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus still relevant in this day and age?

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is a book that everyone is aware of and most women have read at least once in their life’s. It has sold more than 50 million copies and is still a huge part of popular culture; constantly being referenced in movies, TV shows and more. It’s Georgina’s ‘boy bible’ in Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging, and I myself used to steal my mum’s copy and read it when I was a teenager, in hopes to get into the mindset of why men acted the way they did.

Some parts of the book have stuck with me since then but when I found it in my room the other day, I decided to re-read it to see if it was still relevant, not just in this day in age and in the way that modern dating is, but also now that I’m a bit older and I’m in an actual serious healthy relationship.

The whole basis behind the book is that men are originally from a different planet than us ladies, and that’s why there’s so many differences between us, especially when it comes to the way we deal with conflict.

I’ve never thought guys were that different, until I sat down and re-read this book and realized that expecting my boyfriend to communicate and deal with things exactly the same way I do isn’t helpful.

So I thought it would be fun to go through and briefly touch upon each section from the book, noting whether or not it’s still relevant!

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MR. FIX-IT AND THE HOME-IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE
The general idea behind this chapter is that when a woman is upset or stressed, a man tries to fix the problem rather than comforting her. On the other hand, it also focuses on the fact that women like to ‘improve’ men by helping them grow – causing him to feel controlled as opposed to accepted.

Do I think this is still a problem (or ever was a problem?) in relationships? Yes and no. I can definitely agree with the ‘home-improvement committee’ theory – since getting with my boyfriend, I have wanted to help him a lot. I do tend to nag at him to sort all his bills out and stuff like that, but luckily I tend to pull back sometimes and remind myself that he’s a grown man who can look after himself! I think women wanting to help their man grow and be their best selves is definitely still very relevant, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing anymore. These days, Facebook is filled with meme’s about woman being ultra proud of their other halves which is good.

I’ve never been the type of person to go to a boyfriend about my problems – usually I just let everything get on top of me and throw a tantrum! So I can’t say I have a lot of experience with ‘mr. fix-it’. I do sometimes have to remind my boyfriend that if I’m upset, usually I just need a hug or a cuddle to feel better, but likewise, he never really tries to ‘fix’ my problems.

Still relevant? The jury’s out on this one. The home-improvement committee is still at large to a certain extent, but I think men have learned to give Mr Fix-It a rest.

MEN GO TO THEIR CAVES AND WOMEN TALK
According to this chapter, when men are upset or stressed, they like to go into a man-cave until they feel better. Women like to talk, talk and talk.

THIS. This is super relevant. I never actually noticed the whole man cave thing until I re-read this book and then was like ‘ooooh so that’s what Vincent does when he games’. The boy can go into a world of his own and whilst I’m missing his attention, I now see it’s his way of distressing from work (or me).

On the other hand, I definitely talk when I’m stressed or upset. Though I usually need a hug, rambling helps a lot too and helps me get things off my chest.

The idea of man caves has actually really helped me be more supportive of my boyfriend when he needs his space. I know now to just leave him be and do my own thing, and he knows to reassure me to let me know he just needs a bit of space and will come back to me when he can. I still struggle to accept this when we have an argument (I tend to think it’s not fair that he should have space when the argument/he has upset me), but it takes time.

Still relevant? Yes. 100% yes.

HOW TO MOTIVATE THE OPPOSITE SEX
This chapter is a little confusing, but from what I can gather, it focuses on the circle of a woman giving too much or too much of herself in a relationship and a man therefore not giving enough. Men need to feel motivated to give support and if they see the woman giving a lot, they assume they don’t need support.

I don’t feel this is relevant. There have been times in the past where I’ve felt like I’ve given too much – too much romance, too much support, too much effort etc – but usually this has been resolved by communication or by ending things when they weren’t right in the first place.

SPEAKING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Well even though there’s a whole chapter on this, it isn’t necessary. Men and women speak a different language nearly everyday. From the tone of voice to the words they use and the way they are perceived. Unfortunately this is just a common problem that can be solved with communication.

Still relevant? Yes. Perhaps not as severe, but I definitely encounter this issue regularly.

“We mistakenly assume that if our partners love us they will react and behave in certain ways = the ways we react and behave when we love someone.

MEN ARE LIKE RUBBER BANDS
So I kind of think this chapter is stupid but it also makes a whole lot of sense. Because men are d*cks, once they get close to a girl, they then like to pull away for some stupid reason (it is explained in the book but I can’t be bothered to go and re-read it). It makes no sense, but, unfortunately, it’s true. At least in my experience. Sometimes when you like a guy and he pulls away, you gotta play hard to get. But trust me when I say, a man who plays games like this isn’t worth it anyway.

Still relevant? Unfortunately so.

WOMEN ARE LIKE WAVES
Isn’t this just another way of saying woman get periods? Yes, sometimes we’re happy and sometimes we’re sad. It’s not always to do with PMS – going through emotions is just part of life – but I certainly get a little batsh*t crazy and over-emotional when it’s around about the time for my period. Men should be more understanding. We shouldn’t use our periods as an excuse to act out. But sometimes we just do.

Still relevant? Well, yes, we still get periods but no, I don’t think men need a guide to dealing with them.

DISCOVERING OUR DIFFERENT EMOTIONAL NEEDS
This chapter states that women need – in this order – caring, understanding, respect, devotion, validation and reassurance in a relationship, whereas a man needs: trust, acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval and encouragement.

These are most things healthy relationships should have anyway. Any normal person would know this already: skip this chapter.

Still relevant? Yes. But not necessary.

HOW TO AVOID ARGUMENTS
I’m not even going to go into this chapter because a) people argue for a reason and arguments are necessary to a certain extent and b) without arguments you don’t get makeup sex. And quite frankly that’s not a world I want to live in.

Still relevant? Nope!

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SCORING POINTS WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX
What even is this? It sounds absurd and has bullsh*t lists about how to support your other half, including things like give them four hugs a day and ‘don’t flick the remote control to different channels when she is watching TV with you’. People shouldn’t need a list to show love in a relationship. Unless you’re an idiot. In which case, this list is pretty helpful.

This chapter also states that men score women on what they do (10-20 points when he forgets to do something and she says it’s okay!) but women give generally the same score depending on whatever the man does. So basically, woman see the little things just as important as the big, whereas a man gives more points depending on what the woman does. I don’t even know.

Still relevant? No.

HOW TO COMMUNICATE DIFFICULT FEELINGS
This is just about communication really but also suggests writing a letter if you find it hard to convey your feelings verbally. Writing letters always help, to be fair.

Still relevant? No.

HOW TO ASK FOR SUPPORT AND GET IT
Aka say would you instead of could you. I get the point behind this chapter, but every relationship is give and take – sometimes you do things to make your other half happy and sometimes they do the same for you. You shouldn’t have to study what words you should use to ask them to take out the trash once in a while.

Still relevant? No.

“A woman should not be judged for needing this reassurance, just as a man should not be judged for needing to withdraw”

KEEPING THE MAGIC OF LOVE ALIVE
Finally, this chapter sums up the book overall, stating that woman should support men in their man cave and men should try not to fix women’s problems, etc.

Still relevant? Partly.

So as a whole, this book is tricky, A lot of it is bullsh*t and stuff people should know anyway – but granted, if you don’t know, it’s quite helpful. There are some things I have taken away from it that I still think are really relevant in this day and age though, most notably man caves and the home-improvement committee.

It’s always eye-opening to read a book like this and I think it definitely helps to remind you of the differences between men and woman but, if I’m honest, overall I believe that no good couple would need to refer to this book word for word. Sure, it’s helpful to understand how to support your other half in things you don’t know much about, but, generally, if your partner loves and respects you and makes you happy, who cares if he needs to disappear into a man cave every now and then..?Nonetheless, it’s been fun to sum it up in regards to modern dating. I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to play the game anymore – though most of this book is spot on for couples as well as people just wanting to get a head start on understanding the opposite sex – even when single. If you’re looking for ways to put what you’ve learnt into practice, why not try online dating? There’s sites for everyone these days, including senior dating, Belfast dating agencyBerkshire dating agencyGuernsey dating and Isle of Wight dating.

But what do you think? Do you think Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus offers information and advice that is still relevant when it comes to dating in this day and age? Let me know!

*Please note, as a contributor for We Love Dates, this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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I’ve been thinking about doing a few posts like this for a while now and I thought when better to post it up than on a Monday?! It’s the start of the week, the weekend is so far away and usually you get that Monday feeling – everything feels 10 times worse than it actually is. So here’s my little gem of advice for why not everything is as bad as it sounds….

Ah the age old debate – is it better to be single or in a relationship? In a relationship you get unconditional love – you get protection, you get someone to rely on and create memories with, you get cuddles (and more!) and you get that lovely feeling deep in your tummy. But when you’re single you get to do whatever you want without worrying how it will affect someone, you get first date upon first date upon first date (including those amazing first date butterflies) – in fact you get a lot of exciting firsts! You get to have fun and experience with different guys, each teaching you new and different things about love, dating, life and yourself. You can’t really compare the two – at some points in your life you like being single, at others you like being in a relationship.

Unfortunately sometimes when you’re single – no matter how much you love it – you do get a bit fed up and crave a relationship again (in fact sometimes when you’re in a relationship you crave the singleton life, but that’s another post for another time)…I absolutely love being single, but there are times when I miss being in a relationship. Generally we’ve all been at that point in life where it’s not worked out with yet another guy and we start to wonder what’s wrong with us and when/if we’ll meet the right guy.

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But here’s my helpful gem of advice. When I feel like that – I remind myself these things and instantly feel better. You have to date some guys that are wrong for you and you have to make mistakes before you meet the right guy. Why? Because every relationship is an experience. Every relationship, every fling – you all come away from them learning something new. It can be absolutely anything – you could learn just how important trust is in a relationship when it doesn’t work out with someone through lack of trust. You could learn that by shutting yourself down during an argument – perhaps the way you deal with stress – doesn’t really work and that communication is important. You might even learn that *those* types of guys are never good for you, or that by putting five kisses on the end of each text to your fling indicates that you’re coming on too strong and therefore it scares him off.
Now, imagine for a second if you met the right guy – if you met the one – before you had all these experiences and learnt all these things. Imagine if you met someone who was absolutely perfect for you and you truly believed it was fate that brought you together. Got it? Now imagine that you never learnt just how important trust and communication is. Just think about what would happen (like what happened in all those other relationships) if you and your partner didn’t trust each other and didn’t communicate with each other. It would slowly wear you both down and tear you apart. If you messed that up with the one guy you were meant to be with, with the guy who you were meant to one day marry, you’d kick yourself, right? You’d lose the love of your life simply because you never experienced what it does to a relationship when you don’t trust someone or communicate with them. And there are so many other things to learn, but trust and communication is just a general example.
That’s why you have to date a lot of idiots before you can meet the right guy. To learn from the relationships so when the real thing rolls around, you’ll get it right. Sure, you’ll probably still mess up from time to time anyway – after all, everyone makes mistakes – but the right guy? He’ll forgive you for these things. (What I mean here is that generally when the right person comes along he won’t be like other guys and will be more forgiving, accepting that you make mistakes and forgiving you for one offs. However just so I’m not contradicting myself, as perfect as this guy might be for you, everyone can only take so much of something! So like I said in the paragraph before, this right guy will be more forgiving towards mistakes, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stick around with constant problems like lack of communication tearing a relationship apart because, after all, he’s only human too!).
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My favourite quote of all time is ‘Nothing worth having ever comes easy’ (Said by Bob Kelso from Scrubs, naturally!) and that’s so, so true. Every bad relationship you have is just gearing you up for the right one. All the tears you cry, all the break ups you have to go through – that’s why! And even more so, the more bad stuff you go through, the more you’ll appreciate it when you get to finally go through the good stuff with the right one.
So yeah, being single sucks sometimes. And maybe that one night stand last weekend didn’t teach you too much (except that a bit of fun is okay sometimes) BUT it all works out in the end. And the best part is knowing that somewhere out there, there’s someone perfect for you. Someone who loves all the things you love, but isn’t scared to challenge you every once and a while. I don’t know what the perfect person is like for you, but they’re there somewhere. Personally every time I endure a break up, it helps me realize what I will and won’t tolerate in a relationship. Yes, every ex boyfriend and every ex fling, I’m looking at you – none of you took me to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! But thank you very much for that because it taught me that the right guy will love Christmas just as much as I do and will take me there without me having to even ask! And then something bubbles deep inside me and I get excited about when this perfect guy will eventually come along. Because there is nothing better then sharing your life with someone, when the time is right and when the person is right. And there’s nothing more exciting when you know that special person is out there probably thinking the same as you, waiting to meet you.
Other reasons why you might be single right now –
  • You deserve better than the guys you know right now
  • It might just not be the right time for something serious at the moment
  • You don’t have to put up with the bad points of a relationship like being cheated on or lied to
  • The guy you’re meant to be with might not even be single himself yet
  • Shia LaBeouf/Ryan Reynolds/Ian Somerhalder (delete as appropriate) hasn’t moved to your hometown yet, and we all know you couldn’t have a long distance relationship with them (or go too long without seeing their sexy bodies!)
  • You might simply not be ready for a relationship right now – you’ve had enough of the serious stuff and just want a bit of fun for the meantime
  • You’re only young – you don’t want to settle down with the right guy too early and regret later on in life not having enough fun (with other men or otherwise!)
  • You’re just not ready right now – you’re still trying to lose a bit of weight, you haven’t taken that year out traveling yet and you’re still trying to achieve your dream job – you want to be at your very best with your life as sorted out as it can be when you meet him, right?
So if you’re single and you’re finding it tough, just remember that. It’ll all be worth it in the end and you might not see it now, but one day you’ll understand why it didn’t work out with anyone else. In the meantime, have fun getting out there and making mistakes because they’ll only lead you to the right person in the end!
If you’re single – do you ever feel like this? What about if you’re in a relationship – are you now, on some level, thankful for your past and what its taught you? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think – and keep your eye out for a similar ‘helpful wisdom’ post coming up soon – don’t be afraid to suggest any subjects you’d like some advice on!
 
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