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Host: Galaxy Talk Radio - Barbara McGee
Episode: EPISODE 81 - RELATIONSHIPS MEN AND WOMEN
RELATIONSHIP WOMEN AND MEN Author Jamal Watters
About the Author
Jamal Watters was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He was raised by his mother, a single parent, in which he credits all of his early teachings about love, respect, and appreciation for women. Jamal first became interested in relationships through watching his mother struggle as a single parent. He could not help but imagine what life would’ve been like for his mother if she had a loving and devoted husband by her side to help with raising him and his sister. He realized at a very early age that relationships are a central part of who we are, and what we observe and experience from early on in life plays a very important role in how we deal with relationships as we grow older. And that’s why Jamal strongly believes that healthy relationships equal healthy families.
As a youth growing up in Oakland and being raised by a single parent, Jamal was faced with many challenges. But it was through the grace of God, his mother’s guidance, and his love for football that he was able to overcome these challenges. Although Jamal garnered much attention while playing football, he used this talent as catalyst to further his education. Jamal earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work. He also holds a clinical license to practice therapy, in which he currently counsels couples on relationships. His basic approach to therapy is Keepin’ it Real. Jamal believes that his real and genuine approach to working with people is why is so effective. He also employs a principal that he learned from football in counseling couples and his own life, which is “when things get too complicated, go back to the basic.” Jamal believes that a lot of times we make things a lot more complicated than they have to be and we forget about doing the little things such as communicating, compromising, not taking each other for granted, dating, working together to achieve common goals, and so forth. Jamal quotes his mother as saying, “the same thing it took to get yo’ baby hooked, it’s going to take the same thing to keep him or her.”
Although Jamal is a licensed therapist, he contributes most of his insight into relationships through real life experiences. His first teachings were from his mother and later on observing his sister in her relationships. He then expanded his knowledge of relationships through various women he encountered in school, work, and from his own experiences. Jamal has been happily married over 16 years and with the same woman 24 years. He believes the longevity has with his wife has given him invaluable insight. It is because of these experiences that Jamal wanted to fill a need that he felt was missing… the male perspective on relationships. Combined with insight from real life experiences, Jamal infuses his background in sociology and psychology to give women real and relatable concepts on relationships. It is Jamal’s strong affinity for women that stems from his mother and later his wife and daughter that made him want to write a book that he hopes will serve as a useful guide for all women.
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