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Inside Her Pretty Little Head by Philippa Roberts, Jane Cunningham

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Improving relationships

It’s not just the surroundings or themselves which women seek to improve. Their quest for Utopian perfection also extends into wanting to improve their relationships with other people: the befriending and connecting tendencies that we discussed earlier.

Think of the fuels that feed relationships: keeping in contact, remembering important moments in another’s life, conversation and communication, sharing confidences. All these are primarily female activities: who is it that sends the cards at Christmas?; who is it that remembers people’s birthdays?; who is it that picks up the phone just for a chat?; who is it that organises for others to come round or get together?

That’s not to suggest for a minute that men can’t build ...

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