You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

ISBN-10: 081297266X
ISBN-13: 9780812972665
Edition: N/A
Authors: Deborah Tannen
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Description: Deborah Tannen's #1 New York Times" "bestseller You Just Don't Understand revolutionized communication between women and men. Now, in her most provocative and engaging book to date, she takes on what is potentially the most fraught and passionate  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Deborah Tannen's #1 New York Times" "bestseller You Just Don't Understand revolutionized communication between women and men. Now, in her most provocative and engaging book to date, she takes on what is potentially the most fraught and passionate connection of women's lives: the mother-daughter relationship. It was Tannen who first showed us that men and women speak different languages. Mothers and daughters speak the same language- but still often misunderstand each other, as they struggle to find the right balance between closeness and independence. Both mothers and daughters want to be seen for who they are, but tend to see the other as falling short of who she should be. Each overestimates the other's power and underestimates her own. Why do daughters complain that their mothers always criticize, while mothers feel hurt that their daughters shut them out? Why do mothers and daughters critique each other on the Big Three- hair, clothes, and weight- while longing for approval and understanding? And why do they scrutinize each other for reflections of themselves? Deborah Tannen answers these and many other questions as she explains why a remark that would be harmless coming from anyone else can cause an explosion when it comes from your mother or your daughter. She examines every aspect of this complex dynamic, from the dark side that can shadow a woman throughout her life, to the new technologies like e-mail and instant messaging that are transforming mother-daughter communication. Most important, she helps mothers and daughters understand each other, the key to improving their relationship. With groundbreaking insights, pitch-perfect dialogues, and deeply moving memories of her own mother, Tannen untangles the knots daughters and mothers can get tied up in. Readers will appreciate Tannen's humor as they see themselves on every page and come away with real hope for breaking down barriers and opening new lines of communication. Eye-opening and heartfelt, You're Wearing That? illuminates and enriches one of the most important relationships in our lives. " Tannen analyzes and decodes scores of conversations between moms and daughters. These exchanges are so real they can make you squirm as you relive the last fraught conversation you had with your own mother or daughter. But Tannen doesn't just point out the pitfalls of the mother-daughter relationship, she also provides guidance for changing the conversations (or the way that we feel about the conversations) before they degenerate into what Tannen calls a mutually aggravating spiral, a " self-perpetuating cycle of escalating responses that become provocations." - "The San Francisco Chronicle " "From the Hardcover edition."

Deborah Tannen is the bestselling author of "The Argument Culture", "Talking from 9 to 5", "That's Not What I Meant", & "You Just Don't Understand", which was on "The New York Times" bestseller list for nearly four years, including eight months as number one. She is a professor at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. "I Only Say This Because I Love You" is her seventeenth book. Her latest book is entitled, "You Were Always Mom's Favorite: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives."

Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Preface
Can We Talk?: Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
My Mother, My Hair: Caring and Criticizing
Don't Shut Me Out: The Importance of Being Female
She's Just Like Me, She's Nothing Like Me: Where Do You End and I Begin?
Stop This Conversation, I Want to Get Off
Wanted: Mother-a Job Description
Best Friends, Worst Enemies: A Walk on the Dark Side
"Oh Mom...Brb": How E-mail and Instant Messaging are Changing Relationships
Blending Intimacy and Independence: New Ways of Talking
Afterword
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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