When compiling this list of the best relationship books of the past decade, some overriding themes were apparent: Men are sex-obsessed cave men. Women are under the mistaken impression that they're living inside a real-life romantic comedy. But true love and soul mates do exist. It's been a confusing decade for the sexes, but we're confident that we'll figure it all out eventually. Here, a list of the ten most iconic relationship books of the '00s.
1. He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
The mother of all relationship books was written by Sex and The City scribes Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Their advice is simple: Men chase what they want—and will continue to pursue who they want—for as long as they want her. If they're not calling, they obviously don't want you. Stop pining ladies! There are plenty of men out there willing to throw themselves at your feet. Why Didn't He Call Back? Find Out Now
2. Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey
On the very first page of comedian Steve Harvey's self-help tome, he writes, "There is no truer statement: men are simple." Which is why we should stop overthinking their every email, text message, and casual gesture. Harvey says that while women look to men to satisfy a number of personal needs, men require only three things in return: support, loyalty and sex. Oddly enough, though, Harvey advises ladies to wait three months before bedding a new flame. You read me right. That's three months, not three dates. 4 Ways Text Messaging Changed Dating
3. Why Him? Why Her? by Helen Fisher
Anthropologist Helen Fisher swiftly and systematically divides all of us into four distinct categories of lovers: The Explorer, who is a novelty-seeking, creative type; the Builder, who is cautious and conventional; the Director, who is aggressive and single-minded; and the Negotiator, who is an empathetic, idealistic talker. Fisher's conceit is that we naturally attract and repel others based upon our type. Discover Your "Type" (It Really Exists)
4. Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov
The provocative title alone has made this best-seller a standout, but the contents are just as audacious. Therein, author Sherry Argov advises women to stop acting desperate, and to start acting as if they are prizes to be won. Men, she says, will believe this, even if you don't, mesmerized as they are by your sexual power. (And your boobs.) Remember, also, to make the chase a lengthy and interesting one for them. The more you play hard to get, the harder they are to get rid of. Do Men Like "the Chase"?