Outline of My First Oral Presentation

Don’t be a nag!

This is a Presentation of The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, By Dr. Laura Schlessinger,  HarperCollinsPublishers, 2004, pages 27-41, Ch. 2-3

By Davis Hanai


Instructions for this oral presentation are found at:



I. Second Mother

A) Explanation- Mom’s sometimes forget to step out of mother mode and slip into wife mode, woman mode, companion mode, or lover mode.

B) Opinion- Besides the obvious sexist view, the message can be adapted to apply and be used by both sexes.

C) Psychological and cultural significance-  People are becoming busier and busier nowadays and we can all try to remember not to get stuck in one “mode” such as “work mode” or “mother mode”.


II.  Nag and Complain, Bitch and Moan

A) Explanation-  Men (and woman) hate it when there significant other just nag and “bitch” about everything and treat them in a worse manner than they would a perfect stranger  ringing their doorbell at 3 in the morning.

B) Opinion-  Relationships would be much more satisfying if partners treated each other with respect and in a nicer manner than strangers.

C) Psychological and Cultural Significance- Following the golden rule, “Treat others as you want to be treated”.


III.  Puppy love

A) Explanation- Much more can be accomplished if you compliment and praise the things you want a like.

B) Opinion- From personal experience, praise and shaping work much better than punishment training.

C) Psychological and Cultural Significance- Skinner’s operant conditioning


Helpful Links:

Dr. Schlessinger’s website http://www.drlaura.com/main/

A site dedicated to building better marriages http://bettermarriages.org/

Criticism of Dr. Laura (a pro LGBT site) http://www.stopdrlaura.com/


My Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/409bf2004/hanai/home.htm