John Gray, PhD is a family therapist, best-selling author, and the founder of the Mars and Venus Counseling Centers. He has appeared on many TV networks including Oprah and Larry King Live and he has been profiled in Forbes, People and Newsweek magazines.
Books by John Gray
John Gray is best known for his book, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus. Since 1992, it has sold more than 7 million copies. The book’s popularity led to many CDs, audiotapes, and infomercials. It has even led to a TV sitcom and a movie contract.
John Gray has authored many books that are a spin-off on the concept of Mars and Venus. Among them are Mars and Venus on a Date, Mars and Venus in Love, and Mars and Venus in the Bedroom.
John Gray and the Mars and Venus Concept
John Gray coined the phrase, “men are from Mars and women are from Venus,” to explain gender differences. He explains that men and women think and behave differently which can cause conflict in a relationship.
John Gray encourages men and women to learn about the opposite sex so they can develop a better understanding of one another. He believes that when couples understand one another better, they can more easily resolve common relationship problems.
Criticism of John Gray
John Gray has attracted his share of critics. Many have criticized his ideas about Mars and Venus, stating he perpetuates gender stereotypes. He has also received criticism for his assumption that all men and all women operate the same.
The president of the American Psychological Association has even questioned his ethics for starting a franchise where he charges therapists to use the Mars and Venus technique. Critics feel it is unethical for John Gray to capitalize on therapists using a therapeutic technique.