• Sex Talk: How Biological Sex Influences Gender Communication Differences Throughout Life's Stages

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    “The book unflinchingly takes on a large, controversial topic, offering citations from numerous studies that aim to reinforce the author’s arguments that evolution has paved the way for different skill sets. … readers are likely to come away with a new consideration of how evolutionary factors may play roles in daily life. A provocative text about the interplay of biology and culture.”

    --Kirkus Reviews

    Sex Talk precisely tracks how gender communication differences change as one's biology and physiology changes, and how these changes occur. throughout different stages of life. This text provides easy-to-understand scientific information for better understanding of oneself and other This book can benefit all readers from teens to senior citizens in their personal lives, as well as advancing their careers through strategic communication. Overwhelming scientific research evidence proves, with absolute 100% certainty, that biological sex influences gender communication differences”

    Publishers Weekly Select

    A new book unequivocally and stunningly proves that biological sex influences communication differences amongst men and women. Sex Talk, written by professor Dr. Stephen A. Furlich, provides the most recent research with the most advanced technology to better understand how biological sex influences gender communication. The results are sure to help men and women understand each other better.


    “Specifically, this book aims to better understand how our biological sex influences how we communicate and interpret other people throughout our lives,” says the professor. “To ignore biological sex as a factor influencing communication is detrimental to forming and maintaining healthy relationships, both personally and professionally.”


    Sex Talk provides precise and accurate accounts for understanding gender communication. This precision and accuracy comes from a combination of social science research and biological and neuroscience research, all of which stem from rigorous scientific research investigations.

    This book provides information to help readers better understand themselves and others; readers will be able to strategically communicate more effectively, and gain the ability to change the biological physiology of themselves and others through exhibited communication behaviors.


    Sex Talk can benefit all readers, from teens to senior citizens, when interacting with friends, families, and other relationships, along with helping to advance their careers through strategic communication. It precisely tracks how gender communication differences change as one’s biology and physiology changes, and shows how these changes occur throughout different stages of life.


    “It is the intention of this book to explore areas of communication that may differ between males and females, and how they influence how we communicate and understand each other,” writes Dr. Furlich.


    Some of Dr. Furlich’s most important findings include these key points:


    • Overwhelming scientific research evidence proves, with absolute 100% certainty, that biological sex influences gender communication differences!
    • There are brain structural sex differences in areas responsible for communication.
    • Sex hormones influence gender communication, sometimes even more than brain structures or society.
    • By understanding gender influences on communication, dating, family, and workplace relationships, we should forever view conversations differently.


    “My personal experiences with teaching gender communication classes over the years has led me to write this book,” says Dr. Furlich.


    “I became frustrated by the limited different perspectives on the topic within the social sciences. I had come across the same research narratives over and over: that any differences in gender communication can be accounted for by social influences. I would then have to use other research from the sciences, such as biology and neuroscience, to bring other perspectives to the topic/ I aim to bring together the social sciences, sciences of biology and neuroscience, and to tie this information together into a practical guide for everyday life, both personally and professionally.”


    This revolutionary discovery that biological sex influences gender communication differences may literally change the conversations men and women have with each other.

    His communication paradigm is from a receiver's perspective. This places the emphasis on the listener to better understand from the speaker's perspective and as a speaker emphasizing understanding from the listener's perspective. Both of these become more challenging as differences increase between the speaker and listener.

    - DigitalJournalism.com


    Biologically, boys and girls start life differently, which influences later behaviors and decisions. These should be recognized to better understand sex differences in physical and psychological development. Assuming that there are not any gender developmental differences is reckless. Men and women also enter into their later years differently. Cognitively, males tend to deteriorate much more quickly. On the other hand, women tend to have more emotional issues, such as depression. The hormones of each sex tend to converge in the later years with male testosterone levels decreasing and female estrogen levels decreasing. Life seems to resemble a gender circle of life.

    There is overwhelming evidence of biological sex differences prior to birth. These sex differences are responsible for developmental differences that are observable later in life through gender communication, behaviors, and emotions among others. These anatomical, physiological, and sex hormonal differences have an impact on an individual long before any societal influence.


    It should come as no surprise that females are superior at understanding others. The biological underpinnings help to bring the evidence and explanations together. This comes from social awareness and superior sensory perception. This superior sixth sense by females has been fine-tuned for thousands of years and has played a vital role with the perpetuation of the human species for thousands of years.

    Sex hormones play a powerful role with humans. Males and females have different levels of sex hormones. Therefore, these must be adequately understood before artificially changing hormone levels through medical procedures. The human body is a complicated system, and changing hormone levels can alter the entire system. We have yet to fully understand the long-term effects of hormone therapies done today. We can only speculate what medically-induced hormone changes today may affect years, decades, or even generations into the future.

    Males and females perceive and interact with the world differently. This stems from differences with visual perception, sex hormones, brain structures, and gray and white brain matter. Taken together, these different areas of the human body unite a better understanding of different functions and processes that lead to different communication behaviors and task performances. These different areas display consistent themes explaining gender communication differences and task performance strategies.

    Males are much better equipped to flip the off switch in their brain and body. It may appear to the uninformed that a man is in a trance or is in a semi-conscious state. Either might be the case but it is nonetheless rest for him.

    What we observe today pertaining to gender communication differences has been instilled in each of us from thousands of years of genetic imprinting. The gender communication behaviors and roles we take on in modern society are reflective of our ancestors needs for complimentary survival between mothers and fathers. It is irrational to attribute these gender communication differences as magically appearing only from modern society, such as movies, television programs, pictures in magazines etc. Rather, often is the case that art imitates life.

    Centuries of evolutionary survival needs have created biological sex differences that are observed in gender communication language differences. These biological sex differences are consistently found alongside gender communication differences. As time goes on, societies and cultures change, but biological sex differences responsible for gender communication are far slower to change.

    There is a double standard in society regarding acceptable sexual behaviors for men and women. These standards can be traced back to biological reasons. The woman is always certain the offspring are hers but the male cannot be as sure. Infidelity cannot be ignored in mammals, which goes for humans as well. Males and females also differ regarding sexual attention, arousal, and orgasm. There are numerous psychological and physiological differences. Often these differences are not whether one sex has them or
    not but the difference lies in the degree to which each sex has them.

    There are biological sex differences that can be clearly linked to gender communication and understanding differences. The female brain's ability to better understand nonverbal communication creates a huge advantage in understanding others. Her ability to use both sides of her brain during communication enables a much better understanding of subtleties in communication. The communication of males is much more explicit both in sending messages and understanding messages from others.

    Relationship conflicts can make it difficult for each partner to understand the other's needs; vicious negative communication cycles can develop. Males need to understand female emotional and relational needs, while females need to understand the value placed on physical actions as emotional expressions by men, who have more limited language abilities. Relational conflict can be beneficial, depending upon how it is managed and communicated.

    Males and females communicate and understand communication differently. These differences do not reflect a lack of interest by males or a lack of focus by females. Rather, it is a difference in how males and females understand and communicate in conversations from biological underpinnings.
    Humans have a need for stability, especially in a relationship. The health of a relationship is often dependent upon it. Open communication can help achieve relationship stability. However, open communication differs between males and females. Difficult discussions are a necessary component of any relationship. It is the timing of these discussions that is important. Females need these difficult discussions completed much sooner than males, and the specific context is also of upmost importance.