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Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male [Paperback]

Philip Nork
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August 2009
As each of us reflects on the earthly experiences that molded us, where does fact end and fiction begin? Follow Phil thru the confusing and challenging journey of self-discovery, and his yearning to become the "real" yet sensitive man he longs to be. The practical life-lessons he learns along the way will serve any male who, like Phil, is determined to gain the respect and acceptance of the female gender. But as Phil will also find out, a good thing used the wrong way has its dire consequences. While Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male is a highly entertaining and unique trip back in time, the lessons Phil learns in his formative years are universal. Mars and Venus? The battle of the sexes? Men and women alike will enjoy the book that just might end the war.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing on many levels Jan. 8 2011
Format:Paperback
This book was definitely not what I was expecting. A more apt title might be 'How to Become a Gigolo in Sixteen Easy Steps'. In this book, the author takes us through the life lessons he supposedly learned at the hands of various females. This 'memoir' reads more like a fantasy ' his. Come on. Do you really expect readers to believe you had girls clamoring to give up their virginity? Women of all ages awe-struck by your prowess? The phrase 'God's gift to women' has apparently found its source.

Seriously. The believability of this book is questionable on so many levels. Firstly, the double life that the author leads comes straight out of a teen movie. Choreographed dances on skates . . . a waiting list for sex in the parking lot . . . all from an introverted nerd who lacks social skills outside the confines of his alter ego. Second, the selfless altruism that the author continually refers back to (he only wanted to 'help' all those women) sounds more like justification to me. I have a hard time believing so many women were that helpless; that needy; that unaware of themselves sexually and as individuals that they sought out his services. That he was that irresistible at seventeen seems more delusional than anything. The author repeatedly tries to convince us of his sincerity, but it comes off more like a platform to brag about his sexual exploits. Maybe this is the next phase in his campaign to increase business . . . ?

The author writes in an almost clinical way. Very innocent, yet mildly provocative at the same time. Links to any valuable life lessons and the implication that this was some kind of spiritual journey just come off as flaky. I kept reading, waiting for that 'ah ha' moment at the end, but it never came.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity 101 reminds us that a few people in our live leave indelible imprints... Aug. 6 2010
By Donna Scrima - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As the author, Donna Scrima-Black, of MommyBest: 13 Inspirational Lessons Derek & Dylan's Mom (and maybe yours) Never Learned in School, I often describe how the people in my life left indelible imprints on my mind and helped shape me as a woman and as a mother. As soon as I started to read 101 Sensitivity for the Heterosexual Male, I was immediately reminded of the enormous impact individuals we are closest to during our early years have on our lives. In Philip's case, his "Nana" is his earliest and greatest life teacher. She often shares her perspective with advice such as, "Treating people with the respect they deserve is the best way to get into Heaven." Nana is the voice of wisdom and reason and one that Philip played over in his mind during many of the life experiences he encountered. Nana's home, her cooking and even her "fragrance" made him at ease. Most vivid are the words she shares during the many conversations they have. "Nana" tells Philip to look for the "sparkle" in a girl's eye to know if she's interested and to remember that girls "remember the small things." This is so true: I recall receiving my first 10-speed bicycle from my college boyfriend. What excited me most wasn't the bicycle, but rather the license plate he attached to the back of the bike; it had my name written on it! My boyfriend giggled, "I knew you would like that the best."
In contrast, Philip's home life was amuck with his parent's separation and ultimate divorce. Among his peers at school he felt very uneasy, especially during social interactions. Puberty in particular is a challenging time for all of us and Philip was no exception as he struggled in his encounters with girls. Like Philip, our family moved to a new place while I was in sixth grade, which can be a very traumatic time for children. Before coming into his own, Philip was shorter than most boys his age, shy and only somewhat into sports. As he navigates through his teenage years, he meets many young women who teach him the lessons he shares in 101...which take him on many "side trips" in life while helping him develop into a more confident young man. He grows much taller and becomes an avid soccer player while learning ways of caring for the girls he meets. These varied encounters instruct him how to please women and become the "sensitive" guy they need. Yet throughout Phil's journey, especially as he plays the role of "Disco Phil," notoriously known at the roller rink, he's often trying to satisfy all the ladies' needs instead of his own. His journey leads him to ultimately question his path in life--a place where all humans one day find themselves.
I think Sensitivity 101 ...is an insightful read for young men and women in understanding that each of us has a journey and lessons to learn, especially when those of us feel very "different" whether it be because of parent's divorcing, or another cultural or socioeconomic reason. In my instance, I am an identical twin--so my sister and I often felt as if we "stood out in the crowd." Adolescence is a time when peer acceptance means so much more than anything else in our world. A major strength of 101... is Nork's vivid character descriptions. The reader feels as if she knows many of these women Nork writes about and wants to jump into the text to help them discover their true self worth. Philip shares his journey of highs and lows -while weaving life lessons into the text, some sexually descript, that he uncovers. Both men and women will relate to this book and relive some of their youthful years by reflecting upon their own journey into manhood/womanhood!
As Philip shares in his Preface, "No two lives can be the same, nor are any two journeys." Nor, I'll add, are any two reactions to an author's text. I immediately became endeared to Philip's nana and words of wisdom because I too shared many conversations with my nana while I was growing up. She was a very opinionated and charismatic woman who cooked huge pots of pasta and "gravy" every Sunday for her family to devour. We were instructed to call her "Nana" to differentiate her from our other "grandma." She was very dramatic and those who met her often talked about how humorous and insightful she was.
Philip's nana and his experiences remind us that we all need people and places where we can go to simply be ourselves--regardless of what we may pretend to be to the outside world.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning How to Handle the Appetite! Jan. 18 2010
By RYCJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sensitivity 101: (For the Heterosexual Male) is a refreshingly honest look at a young man coming through puberty by way of lessons he takes from women, the most fundamental coming from his grandmother. As I was reading I had to keep reminding myself, this is a seventeen-year-old child speaking... sharing some very mature perspectives that many people two, three, and even four times his age still struggle with.

It was amazing how soothing a read Sensitivity 101 was. Phil's sexual encounters, too numerous to keep count of, gradually moved me into this relaxed calm following his questions... and then assessments about his experiences. Explained in another way, I happen to align sex with food. Too much of either is not good, just as both are necessary nutrients to sustain life. I don't always have to love what I eat, but of course it's better when I do. The only difference between the two is there hasn't yet been a taboo written about eating food that stigmatizes people into feeling ashamed or guilty or dirty to the point that they go into hiding to eat!

A very beautiful and honest and mature read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity 101 Not Just for Males... Nov. 28 2009
By Glenda A Bixler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books where, in my opinion, the title does not adequately portray the content. Primary reason: Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male by Philip Nork is not just for males, or even for just heterosexual individuals. This book can be enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in understanding his or her sexual partner.

The book is really a coming of age story about a boy. It is the personal story of Philip Nork, as he saw his life. A sensitive young man who found pleasure in understanding the feelings of others and working to fully respond to their needs and wishes.

And wound up, for a time, becoming a gigolo...

When a young boy has strong women in their young lives, especially if the father has deserted the family, it is quite easy to see his mother as a "hero," a woman to be admired. But it is also possible, by "becoming the man" of the family at the age of eight, there are thoughts that arise, perhaps never discussed. Certainly a young boy may come to think that it is his fault that a divorce occurs.

Philip's grandmother also made sure religion was part of their lives and Sundays were spent learning about what God "wanted us to do, how he wanted us to behave, and what was right or wrong." Of course, as a young boy, Philip was quick to realize that as a priest, he would never marry, never have sex, and never have kids. Sadly, later, that same priest was removed from the church for various offenses. Philip saw this as another man failing his role in his life.

Philip fortunately connected with his great-grandmother, calling her Nana and she was perhaps the first person he was really able to talk to. She discussed religion with him and told him that treating people with respect was best. She was the first person who explained that he should try to be sincere and make people feel special, especially the girls.

And when he met his first girl friend, Jenna, he began to confirm the points that would define Philip as a man, so much so that he started to create a list! In addition to the first one learned from Nana, he was able to add that he now knew that girls remember and cherish small things.

As is often the case, as Philip was meeting females in his life, an older girl first seduced him. Interestingly, throughout his childhood and teen life, it was his sensitivity and caring nature that drew girls to him and when sex became involved, it was those lessons that he learned along the way that created the man he became. Indeed, he was only in his late teens when he was suggested to and accepted by a female pimp to serve women who were much older, one of whom turned out to be a friend of his own mother!

No, this book does not advocate an early sexual life for men. It is a true story that just might be the story that other boys have lived or will live in the future. The list is not how to find girls...the list is one that will help anybody to relate to other people. In a world where sexuality is so blatant, this book allows a boy, a teen, to learn both mistakes and how to make right choices as decisions are made about how they will relate to girls.

If I had a son, I would want him to read Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male by Philip Nork, albeit with a little more mature and early guidance as well! Appreciation to the author must be given for his willingness to share this intimate, very personal story...

G. A. Bixler
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, refreshing, honest Nov. 19 2010
By Oana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sensitivity 101... holds the answers to many questions we ask ourselves while growing up, and start exploring the differences between sexes and our own sexuality. Written in a simple yet charming language, with the sound of a fairy tale, the book sums up valuable teachings about life without being boring or preaching.
Understanding a woman - and generally speaking the human being next to you -- doesn't require sophisticated seminars and long hours of meditation, just a few simple things and one of them is the willingness to understand.
Undoubtedly, Philip has plenty of sensitivity and common sense to share. And maybe this is why the book is so wonderful because the author's sincere desire to understand and share his findings with us is contagious.
The title might make one think this is a self-discovery journey that will rather benefit younger men. I for one know plenty of men and women, straight or gay who could learn from this enchanting book.
It is a book about feelings, emotions, sex and most important honesty.
Thank you, Philip!

Oana, author of The Healings
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons Learned Sept. 12 2010
By Dream 4 More Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the most important lessons that I learned in life was not to judge a book by it's cover. The cover of "Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male" is a beautiful cover, but the title made me a little hesitant to read the book.

As I read it, I found myself interested in the story and the lessons that were being taught at the end of each chapter. Even as I came to realize that I was enjoying the pace of the book and the storyline, I soon realized that Philip's book was not predictable at all. I found myself reading the book from start to finish and having to pace myself to get a full understanding of the messages that I was reading.

This book is very easy to read, enjoyable, and full of life's lesson that we sometimes take for granted. I started looking from a point of view that I would like for others to see when they have any type of relationship with me. I guess I could say that I have some of the macho characteristics that Philip described in "Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male" and by reading about the feelings that women have or how they think in certain situations, I began to see mistakes that I have made in my own life and how to avoid these mistakes in the future.

This was a very good book. I personally recommend that men, women, and teens to read this story to see things from his perspectives that they might be using and look at these situations so that they might see things.

Dream 4 More Reviews,
Emmanuel Brown
Wooed Me Dream, 5 stars.

*This is the opinion of the reviewer and does not reflect to the views of Dream 4 More Firm. We received a book from the author and mailed to the reviewer for a book review.
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