Sydney, Nov 19 (UNI) Here is another testimony to the fact that men are from Mars and women from Venus -- men tend to get more romantic than women when their relationship is on rocks and women are more practical in sorting out disputes with their partner, according to an Australian study.
The survey involving 1,200 adults showed that men tend to get more romantic when their relationship undergoes a turbulent phase and do things like cooking meals or leaving little notes for their partner, but women are more likely to be practical and want to ''get issues out in the open''.
The study also found women were twice as likely as men to want to improve relationships by spending more time with the kids.
Couples most commonly tried to improve their relationships by spending time together -- but this was true for 33 per cent of women and only 23 per cent of men.
And when asked what the best thing about their relationship was, women were more likely than men to list friendship, love and support whereas most men listed compatibility, the length of the relationship and doing things together.
The survey also revealed that women are more open to discussing relationship problems with outsiders with 70 per cent of women doing so, compared with 60 per cent of men.
The Relationships Indicators Survey also found 83 per cent of respondents agreed that the pressure of both men and women not willing to compromise their careers is putting relationships at risk.
And 88 per cent think relationships are in trouble because of the difficulty of balancing work and family.
''Mars and Venus are alive and well.It is important that we do accept there are differences between men and women,'' the Herald Sun quoted relationship psychologist Michael Burge as saying.
''While a man might want to go into his cave if there are relationship problems, a woman often wants to talk things through,'' he added.