There was a time when men and women had specific roles in their relationship. Typically the man worked at his job, and the wife stayed at home. While that seems archaic by today’s standards the fact of the matter was it actually made the relationship much easier and steadier because everyone knew their role, and as we often say today, “they stayed in their lane”.
Today’s relationships are much more challenging. More and more couples have their own careers and their own dreams and goals, they try to share not only the financial burden, but the responsibilities at home. While it is what we are accustomed to the fact of the matter is our ability to stay together in the relationship has suffered as we see a higher break up and divorce rate. Why? With all the sharing of responsibility how come it is not producing greater happiness and togetherness within the relationship?
It comes down to our male and female biological differences, mainly our hormones. The fact is men have 10 to 30 times more testosterone then women and women have 10 to 30 times more estrogen than men. We produce both, but when we are out of balance, meaning when men are producing to much estrogen they get stressed and angry. And when women get stressed it is because they have too much testosterone. How does this happen? Because as men and women are both working they are put in position where the women in her job starts producing more testosterone throwing her out of balance, while a man in his job is producing more estrogen throwing him out of balance. The result: A new dynamic in our relationship with each other. What are we to do? Thankfully Dr. John Gray the world’s #1 relationship expert (And author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”) joins us no A New Direction to help us get not only our hormones in balance, but also our relationship.
His latest book entitled “Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World” is stellar. It is an eye opening look at how our biological differences, combined with our work, combined with our other relationships affect us both negatively and positively. Dr. Gray also provides solutions to helping your relationships not only grow and thrive, but take it to the next level. “Beyond Mars and Venus” is in my opinion as absolute must read! If you want your relationship to grow and be out of this world, listen to the show, and get your copy of “Beyond Mars and Venus”.
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