An American relationship counselor, John Gray rose to fame with his bestselling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. His counseling involves helping men and women to understand each other better by accepting and being considerate towards differences in both personal and professional lives. Gray’s numerous books, videos, seminars and workshops have helped millions of people to improve their life, relationships and manage stress.
John Gray was born in Huston, Texas in 1951. His father was an oil executive while his mother worked at a spiritual bookshop. As a young man, John attended the Universities of St. Thomas and Texas. However, he graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence from another University, now clearly known about. In 1982, the Columbia Pacific University awarded a Ph.D degree to Gray. The Governors State University in Illinois also rewarded an honorary doctorate to John in 2002 when he delivered their commencement address.
After attending a transcendental lecture in 1969, Gray devoted nine years to Yogi Maharishi Mahesh becoming his personal assistant. Gray’s bestselling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was published in 1992 selling more than 7 million copies worldwide earning Gray more than $18 million making it an all time hard cover non-fiction bestseller according to HarperCollins. The book became the most popular solution to relationship problems leading to further videos, audiotapes, seminars, a Broadway show, a TV sitcom and movie contract with 20th Century Fox. It has also been translated into 40 languages for a wider non English speaking readership.
1997 saw Gray expanding his vision when he began running Mars & Venus Counseling centers where he teaches and trains therapists using what he calls a Mars & Venus technique. John received the Smart Marriages Impact Award in 2001 and has also appeared on shows of Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The View, The Early Show and CBS Morning Show in addition to being featured in world famous publications such as Time, People, Forbes, Newsweek and USA Today.
A regular writer, Gray writes a USA-syndicated column to a readership of thirty million in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The Denver Post, and the San Antonio Express-News. His writings have also appeared in various international publications in England, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Latin American and the South Pacific.
An author to seventeen books focusing on understanding and improving relationships, Gray has recently released a new book entitled Venus On Fire Mars On Ice which explains in detail the connection between hormones and relationships. Some of Gray’s earlier important books include Mars and Venus on a Date, Mars and Venus in Love, Mars and Venus Starting Over, How To Get What You Want and Want What You Have, Children Are from Heaven, Mars and Venus in the Workplace and The Mars & Venus Diet & Exercise Solution.
John Gray currently lives in North Carolina with his wife Bonnie. They are parents to three daughters and grandparents to 3 grandchildren.