Man Talk: The Gay Couple's Communication Guide [NOOK Book]

Overview

Learn to recognize and resolve communication problems common to gay male relationships.

Man Talk presents effective techniques to help gay couples communicate better on the way to enjoying a fulfilling relationship. This practical guide from the author of Affirmative Gay Relationships examines common problems that create communication difficulties and offers straightforward, easy-to-use strategies for understanding feelings, resolving arguments, expressing anger, understanding ...

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Man Talk: The Gay Couple's Communication Guide

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Overview

Learn to recognize and resolve communication problems common to gay male relationships.

Man Talk presents effective techniques to help gay couples communicate better on the way to enjoying a fulfilling relationship. This practical guide from the author of Affirmative Gay Relationships examines common problems that create communication difficulties and offers straightforward, easy-to-use strategies for understanding feelings, resolving arguments, expressing anger, understanding nonverbal communication, improving listening skills, expressing love and appreciation, and dealing with issues specific to interracial and intercultural relationships.

Man Talk explores areas very well known to gay men, such as competition, the need to "win" arguments, and uncertainty about how to handle anger. Written by a licensed clinical social worker, this unique book avoids clinical jargon in presenting the thoughts of gay men in multiple, detailed vignettes that illustrate effective—and ineffective—communication. This practical guide provides proven methods of avoiding communication "destroyers," hidden agendas, the need to be "right," and disagreements that become "courtroom" battles, and offers effective ways of saying what you really mean, listening to your partner, dealing with uncomfortable subjects (like sex and money), and recognizing that there are many levels of communication (body movement, silence, voice inflection, etc.) that will significantly impact the quality of interaction between two men.

Topics examined in Man Talk include:


• Understanding what effective communication is—and why it’s so important
• How major misunderstandings can develop—and how to avoid them
• How communication can be destroyed—and how to prevent it from happening
• Understanding the nature of anger and learning how to manage it
• Understanding male socialization that teaches men to be "in control"
• Learning how to relinquish the need to be in control all of the time
• How men can "let go" and become aware of, accept, and communicate their feelings
• Learning how to listen—and not preach
• How to identify and deal with a relationship that’s in trouble
• How to communicate appreciation, care and love
• And much more!

Man Talk is a must-read for all gay men interested in relationships—past, present, and future. It’s also an essential professional guide for therapists who work with gay men and for concerned friends of gay men who want to help.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Licensed clinical social worker Kaminsky (Affirmative Gay Relationships) has put together a perceptive guide to assisting gay partners in saying what they mean without hidden agendas, listening in a way that encourages understanding, and expressing anger so that it improves rather than destroys relationships. The author bases his information on interviews with gay couples, case studies and counsel from clinical therapists, and insights from his own practice. Two topics not found in other books are roadblocks to communication bred by male socialization and the cultural influences on communication in biracial male relationships. An excellent book for gay male patrons; recommended for most libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136575235
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 206
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Communication: The Heart of Love

Chapter 2. Do You Know Your Boyfriend? Misinterpretations That Breed Contempt

Chapter 3. Screaming and Shaming: How to Destroy Communication

Chapter 4. Communication Minefields: The Seven Deadly Topics Gay Men Won’t Talk About

Chapter 5. How to Stop Running from Your Male Feelings

Chapter 6. Making Peace with Anger

Chapter 7. Silence and the Art of Listening

Chapter 8. Cultural Exchange: Communicating in Interracial Relationships

Chapter 9. Communication Problems As a Warning Sign: Coming to Terms with Relationship Meltdown

Chapter 10. Affirmative Communication: Sharing Feelings, Love, and Life

Bibliography

Index

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