Deborah Tannen

“A woman will be inclined to repeat a request that doesn't get a response because she is convinced that her husband would do what she asks, if he only understood that she really wants him to do it. But a man who wants to avoid feeling that he is following orders may instinctively wait before doing what she asked, in order to imagine that he is doing it of his own free will.”


Deborah Tannen, You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation
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You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
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