What would it take for men and women to understand each other better? Is it possible?
communication and trust above all things. I think communication is the key to understanding everything.
I think one thing that would help would be for people to stop generalizing about "men" and "women," about what they like/dislike, about how they operate, etc. Sure, there are differences, but there are a TON of exceptions too.
Talk more, ask, be honest, be patient, pray together, and expect answers and understanding.
Most importantly is open concise communication and for both to really listen without any expectation of what responses or communications they might hear or want to hear.
My other half will say something. Then I will repeat verbatum what they say. The they will tell me that that is not what they mean.
Daaaaaa Excuxe Me! I simply have repeated what you said, I have not yet responded to your comment. Yet I am wrong. I heard wrong. Give me a break and say what you mean, and mean what you say!!
A very complex question. Since I haven't a spouse I would view that question much differently from the personal perspective than someone married. My first thought is what does this question mean? Is it a broad question or is it specific and then to what?
Generally speaking, for me, is I try my hardest to remember we are people - human if you will, first. Gender follows. Gender is step two not step one. In the everyday interaction with women, I seek to see them as 'who' in meaning is this individual.
Doing this for awhile now, it has become easier to understand a woman I am interacting with. Deciding how to switch gears or shift my 'self' to continue the interaction can be tricky when human sexuality is tossed into the salad mix. Or, it may be as smooth as frozen, tart strawberry yogurt at mid-afternoon after classes. Then again, 'she' may make it as easy for me as a chatting while standing in line to get that comfortable cup of coffee before heading to work.
I guess what I am saying is if I was perceiving and sensing the setting of the interaction, yet was blind, that may tell a different story.
Geesh, did I wander about or what. Thanks for asking an intriguing question, algarveview.
Oh, I came back to edit for the second part of the question. Is it possible? Looking at your avatar I would say - yup, it is . . .
I think that there are a few traits the opposite sex have that are better not being understood. I'm married and there are one or two things that are purposely left unsaid by both of us, but we have a mutual understanding that works for us. Saying that, most traits aren't too difficult to understand with good, honest communication. And sometimes if there's something one partner doesn't understand about the other; they can understand through experience eg. If your husband enjoys watching football and you don't understand why; try learning all of the rules and go to a few games with him...there's a chance you might get just as much of a thrill out of it as he does!
They say that before you judge someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. But what if your feet are bigger than theirs - or smaller? None of us can really know what it feels like to be anyone else....men and women are different on many levels as well as they are the same....
One is on side and another is on another side...all it takes is to build a bridge:)
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