Reading The Opposite Sex

The signals we send to others are not necessaily the signals received. Add sex to the mix and you multiply the opportunities for miscommuncation. Since many messages that traverse the gender divide get misconstrued, you've got to wonder: Can men and women ever speak the same language?

Gender

In the old days, it was so simple: Men hunted and women raised the kids. Then we moved out of caves, invented gender studies, and learned a bit about genetics. Now nothing is clear-cut.

Body Language

People are constantly throwing off a storm of signals. These signals may be silent (non-verbal) messages communicated through the sender's body movements, facial expressions, voice tone and loudness.

Relationships

Love is the most profound emotion known to human beings. For most people, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. Almost all of us have experienced a failed relationship, and most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.

Empathy

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors.