I agree with Deborah Tannen's work, Can't We Talk, because it is related to problems that people pass through regardless of their sex, age and even race. It is true that men and women differ in their communication. In most cases, these differences often leads to conflict. In the first section of status versus support, Tannen points out that men always take an upper hand in a conversation while women take the role of support in their talking. This is evident in how Tannen had differences with her husband who lived in a
different city. During their conversation, Tannen's husband used to
point out the reasons to help their situation while she would listen to
be helped out of the situation. Secondly, Tannen points out that women
should strive from being mono directional in their conversation while
men should also sit back and listen more.
In her essay, Tannen
illustrates men to be more goal-oriented and individualistic as compared
to their female counterparts. These differences often leads to
stereotypical distinctions that contribute to problems in the society. I
agree with the fact that men also tend to provide more solutions and
advices in their conversations in stead of emotional support. This would help to reduce agitation and tension that arises during a conversation.
believe that in order to break from the norm, men should work on being
more open in their conversation while women should strive to be less
independent to others during a conversation. Men should work on acting
more and talking less in order to provide emotional support to their
women. This solution would help to prevent conflicts during
communication hence improve the relationships between both sexes.
Purcell, A. (2002). Family disintegration: A bibliography with indexes. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
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