#5: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
One of the most successful, influential, and best relationship books of all-time, John Gray’s 1992 classic is so pervasive that it comes to mind for millions when anyone utters that oh-so-familiar phrase, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”
Granted, the divide between the sexes is, today, not viewed as being “worlds apart” in the manner Gray describes. Nevertheless, his analysis of classic masculine and feminine tropes and stereotypical attributes provides one of the most popular articulations of that perspective.
Even if you disagree with Gray, his work is worth skimming precisely because of its notoriety. If you think it has good advice to offer, and deserves its status as one of the best relationship books of all-time, then you’re of course going to want to check it out anyway.
If you disagree with Gray’s ideas, however, and want to view the sexes as not subject to a black and white divide but rather many—but not fifty—shades of grey, reading Gray’s book can give you valuable insight into what those with other perspectives from your own think, and why.
That way, if you’re dating someone who takes a Men Are from Mars, Women are From Venus-style stance, you’ll be able to disagree politely and comment intelligently, maybe even convincing your date to come around to your point of view.
Too many people today shut down at or otherwise shut out opposing viewpoints, and so whether you’re from Mars, Venus, or want a potentially more down to Earth view of the sexes and gendered identity, this remains one of the best relationship books of all-time.