In the past few years, we’ve all heard the phrase “toxic masculinity” mentioned. But what is it really? Is it as big of a problem as everyone seems to think it is? And, if so, who does toxic masculinity hurt the most?
What is Toxic Masculinity?
The phrase, toxic masculinity, emerged from the men’s movement of the 80s and 90s.
But what does it look like in action? It could be the perpetuation of the idea that men shouldn’t feel their feelings or express their emotions. Or, worse, making anger and violence the only acceptable form of masculine emotion.
Toxic masculinity also refers to the idea that certain men have a habit of objectifying women and feeling superior to women. And perhaps the biggest failure of toxic masculinity is the idea that somehow all of this is perfectly normal and acceptable behavior and that “boys will be boys.” Certain behaviors and characteristics are valued within the concept of toxic masculinity while others are marginalized.
Therapy Can Help Men Develop a Healthy Sense of Self in Cary
Men are human beings, and many are hurting right now, confused as to what their role and identity actually is. This, in turn, impacts their intimate relationships and the families they create. Yes, there can be a devastating ripple effect.
Therapy offers men an accepting environment to develop their inner character. Working with a therapist can give men the opportunity to communicate what their mind and heart are feeling and make sense of the conflicting messages they often get.
If you or someone you love would benefit from therapy, please get in touch with me through my office in Cary-847 275 8236. You will never wait as I am always on time, have over 35 years experience and most likely accept your insurance.