Men and women usually have different ways of interpreting the world around them and, as a result, different expectations of each other. While most people instinctively know there are stark differences between the thought patterns and behaviour of the opposite sex, some were unwilling to admit it. That is, until Allan and Barbara Pease came along.
In the international bestselling book, Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps, Allan and Barbara Pease highlight the differences in the ways men and women think, and deliver it in an entertaining yet science-backed book.
For most of the 20th Century, the differences between the sexes was explained away by social conditioning: that is, we are who we are because of our parents’ and teachers’ attitudes which, in turn, reflected the attitudes of their society. Baby girls were dressed in pink and given dolls to play with; baby boys were dressed in blue and given toy soldiers and football jerseys. Young girls were cuddled and touched while boys were thumped on the back and told not to cry. Until recently, it was believed that when a baby was born its mind was a clean slate on which its teachers could write their choices and preferences. The biological evidence now available, however, shows a somewhat different picture of why we think the way we do. It shows convincingly that it is our hormones and brain wiring that are largely responsible for our attitudes, preferences and behaviour. This means that if boys and girls grew up on a deserted island with no organised society or parents to guide them, girls would still cuddle,