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The Male Approach

Tannen found that men and women communicate for basically different reasons. Men’s purpose in communicating is to build independence and status. Therefore, they talk in report form, providing statistics and facts. In a conversation, they continually look for the information that will help them build independence and/or status.

Men like to hold center stage by telling jokes or impressing others with their knowledge. They prove themselves through their verbal displays. When it comes to critical feedback, men do not like it initially because it lowers their status and independence. However, if you criticize a man with specific examples and facts, he will deal with the critical feedback and be okay with it—because he understands it may help him become more effective.


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