How did you learn to express your emotions instead of stifle them? Did it take practice or did it come naturally once you figured the toxic logic of expecting men to be eternally stoic?
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David Kaiser said:
Emotions always come out, and often at the worst time. We need to learn to work with them, not tamp them down harder.
A lot of men need to learn, too, that anger is often just a cover of some other emotion, since they’ve learned that anger can be OK, but fear, sadness, and shame are not.
Boysen Hodgson said:
Great article. Thank you. For adult men — often the practice of learning to take responsibility for emotional states (or even understanding them) can take an extraordinary experience. I’ve been a part of an organization for almost 10 years that creates a crucible for men to get in touch with authentic toughness and get skills for ‘being with’ emotions that men may have been pushing down for years. Check it out: ManKind Project.
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