Men and Women’s Conversation Style Differences

It’s no wonder men and women can have a hard time understanding each other in conversation!

Deborah Tannen points out in her book, “You Just Don’t Understand”:

Men are often inclined to focus on jockeying for status in conversation: Is the other person trying to one-up me or put me down? Is the other trying to establish a dominant position?

Women are more often attuned to the negotiation of connections: Is the other person trying to get closer or pull away?

Since both elements are present, it’s easy for women and men to focus in different elements in the same conversation”.

Fascinating!! 😮