Sensitivity 101 For The Heterosexual Male

Sensitivity 101 For The Heterosexual Male

by Philip Nork

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ISBN-13: 9781438967448
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 08/07/2009
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 0.56(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Sensitivity 101 For The Heterosexual Male 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DS-Priority-Writer More than 1 year ago
As the author of MommyBest: 13 Inspirational Lessons Derek & Dylan's Mom (and maybe yours) Never Learned in School, I often describe how the people in my life left indelible imprints on my mind and helped shape me as a woman and as a mother. As soon as I started to read 101 Sensitivity for the Heterosexual Male, I was immediately reminded of the enormous impact individuals we are closest to during our early years have on our lives. In Philip's case, his "Nana" is his earliest and greatest life teacher. She often shares her perspective with advice such as, "Treating people with the respect they deserve is the best way to get into Heaven." Nana is the voice of wisdom and reason and one that Philip played over in his mind during many of the life experiences he encountered. Nana's home, her cooking and even her "fragrance" made him at ease. Most vivid are the words she shares during the many conversations they have. "Nana" tells Philip to look for the "sparkle" in a girl's eye to know if she's interested and to remember that girls "remember the small things." This is so true: I recall receiving my first 10-speed bicycle from my college boyfriend. What excited me most wasn't the bicycle, but rather the license plate he attached to the back of the bike; it had my name written on it! My boyfriend giggled, "I knew you would like that the best." In contrast, Philip's home life was amuck with his parent's separation and ultimate divorce. Among his peers at school he felt very uneasy, especially during social interactions. Puberty in particular is a challenging time for all of us and Philip was no exception as he struggled in his encounters with girls. Like Philip, our family moved to a new place while I was in sixth grade, which can be a very traumatic time for children. Before coming into his own, Philip was shorter than most boys his age, shy and only somewhat into sports. As he navigates through his teenage years, he meets many young women who teach him the lessons he shares in 101.which take him on many "side trips" in life while helping him develop into a more confident young man. He grows much taller and becomes an avid soccer player while learning ways of caring for the girls he meets. These varied encounters instruct him how to please women and become the "sensitive" guy they need. Yet throughout Phil's journey, especially as he plays the role of "Disco Phil," notoriously known at the roller rink, he's often trying to satisfy all the ladies' needs instead of his own. His journey leads him to ultimately question his path in life-a place where all humans one day find themselves. I think Sensitivity 101 .is an insightful read for young men and women in understanding that each of us has a journey and lessons to learn, especially when those of us feel very "different" whether it be because of parent's divorcing, or another cultural or socioeconomic reason. In my instance, I am an identical twin-so my sister and I often felt as if we "stood out in the crowd." Adolescence is a time when peer acceptance means so much more than anything else in our world. A major strength of 101. is Nork's vivid character descriptions. The reader feels as if she knows many of these women Nork writes about and wants to jump into the text to help them discover their true self worth. Philip shares his journey of highs and lows -while weaving life lessons into the text, some sexually descript, that he uncovers. Both men and women will relate to this book and
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
This book is a memoir/journal written in fictional form in order to protect those who wish to stay hidden. Phil doesn't use pretty words or flowery language but instead speaks honestly and from the heart. He starts out his story at the time he was a young boy, abandoned by his father. We follow him through the years as he strives to become the man he wants to be. Sometimes he falls short. Other times he soars. Don't let the title deter you. This book isn't only for men and it isn't only for heterosexuals. It's a wonderful coming of age story that has a little something for everyone.
JanetteFuller More than 1 year ago
"Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male", by Philip Nork, is the story about a boy named Phil. It is a heart-wrenching saga of a boy who is devastated by his parent's divorce. He often feels lost and alone. He is shy, withdrawn and has very little confidence in himself. Nana, Phil's grandmother, is a caring and compassionate influence in his life. Phil feels like his grandmother is the only person who really understands him. When Nana dies, Phil withdraws into himself and really believes that God is punishing him. Phil is ten-years-old and has lost both his father and his grandmother. This book is about how he deals with these tremendous losses and grows into manhood with a better understanding about what is really important in life. "People seem to arrive just when you need them, or when they need you. And the beauty is, sometimes even a small gesture can have a profound effect on you." This book is a collection of stories about the girls and women that come into Phil's life. He learns lessons from these friendships and encounters that help him accept himself and move to a higher level of fulfillment and happiness. Phil has numerous sexual encounters and even ends up working as a gigolo for a period of time. Phil's goal in these encounters is to make the girls feel good...they are attracked to him like a magnet. I was very impressed by the honesty and sensitivity used in writing this book. We all have choices to make in the process of growing up. The choices we make are not always the best, but we make them with good intention. The book ends with this thought, "You now know that you are accepted for who you are, so go...go...go and be happy."
NicoleTrist More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, "Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male" is a self-help book for people who don't like self-help books. It gives the reader an insight into women, relationships and how to love yourself without the preaching tone of a self-help manual. Full Review; http://bookywooks.blogspot.com/2010/02/yes-pretty-lady-i-can-make-you-feel.html
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
The age-old "Battle Of The Sexes" is still going just as strong as it ever was - and chances are it won't lose any steam anytime soon. So, rather than lament the fact that the game exists, men and women around the world are instead better off learning to play it to the best of their ability. Such is the premise behind Sensitivity 101 For The Heterosexual Male. Skillfully penned by author Philip Nork, Sensitivity 101 is less a self-help guide to relationships and more a vicarious journey through one man's quest for self-discovery. Along the way, Phil - playing the role of his own protagonist - learns to appreciate the fairer sex and develops a higher understanding of just what it takes to make them happy. In so doing, he ultimately becomes the desire of all women - and the envy of all men - and provides readers with invaluable insights into improving their own relationships. Straightforward and refreshingly candid, Sensitivity 101 For The Heterosexual Male is an impressive presentation of a life with a plethora of helpful lessons to share. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to cut through the typical façade of relationship "politics" and learn the roots of true, lasting happiness. Tara Hopkins Apex Reviews
Darcia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a memoir/journal written in fictional form in order to protect those who wish to stay hidden. Phil doesn¿t use pretty words or flowery language but instead speaks honestly and from the heart. He starts out his story at the time he was a young boy, abandoned by his father. We follow him through the years as he strives to become the man he wants to be. Sometimes he falls short. Other times he soars. Don¿t let the title deter you. This book isn¿t only for men and it isn¿t only for heterosexuals. It¿s a wonderful coming of age story that has a little something for everyone.
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Jonathon-Kron More than 1 year ago
The lessons that this book leaves with you (man or woman) are universal. Being a product of a broken family myself I really connected with the feelings that the author brings to life. The overwhelming desire to be accepted was relevant in my life also. The stories of the book made me laugh, smile and also look back at how I tried to be accepted by friends. I recommend this book to all readers--men, women, straight and gay. Whoever you are, you will relate somehow! Great read, cover-to-cover in one sitting. A book that I will read over and over again and am sure I will see different things that I missed the first time. Thanks for writing it!