Authors Susan Shapiro Barash and Michele Kasson, Ph.D, identify ten male personality types that make it easy for women to determine exactly who they are dealing with from the very first date. Although men come in all sizes, ages, and attitudes, the authors find there are recurrent styles of male behavior and have broken it into specific categories. With The Men Out There: A Woman’s Little Black Book, women will learn what characteristics are associated with each personality type, what attracts them to it, and how they can succeed with such a partner. Armed with this invaluable knowledge, women can make an educated decision about any relationship they may be entering, foresee potential problems, and determine whether to stay or not. The Men Out There is a practical guide for women, encouraging them to ask key questions before beginning a relationship, and to understand their past mistakes in order to sustain a loving relationship with the right partner.
“Geared to women 35-55 on the lookout for a mate, this cautionary manual identifies 10 different types of men. The leitmotif is: women, watch out! For example, the ‘instant family man’ longs to be a part of a unit and craves the stability you represent, but he rarely learns who you are. The ‘commitment phobic/serially monogamous man’ may be a burnout still recovering from a past relationship or a ‘pie in the sky’ who glides from one idealized lover to the next and fears marriage. Other types include controlling ‘champion sports/macho guy’ who lives to win, the narcissist/disarmer, the power or money addict and the workaholic-sexaholic-gambling, man. Using numerous self-inventories and side bars, the authors urge readers to sort out their motivations for choosing a particular type of male and huge potential love relationships against emotional patterns in failed marriages or affairs. Though its reliance on types necessarily leads to generalizations, and though the authors tend to overlook well-adjusted males, their handbook, for its intelligent insights, is several cuts above most self-help guides to romance.”
— Publishers Weekly