Even if your father was physically present in your life, it’s likely he was absent in one way or another.
He may have been absent through distance or coldness, criticism or impossibly high standards, or through working long hours or not wanting to be disturbed.
We can have compassion for his struggles. We actually have to so we can have compassion for our own.
But it’s also important to understand the impact his absence, or lack of being attuned to you, had on you.
This week’s podcast explores the “Father Wound” and the ways men suffer as a result of their father’s struggles.
I am honored to be joined on the Man Alive Podcast by Jed Diamond, who has been a therapist with men for over 40 years. He vulnerably shares his personal struggles with himself, his romantic relationships, parenting and career. In doing so he makes it safe for us to look at our own struggles and come out of isolation and shame.
In this conversation we covered:
- What the father wound is and how to know if you’re affected by it, even if your dad was physically present
- Three questions to answer now so you won’t experience regret at the end of your life
- The surprising way depression shows up for men and why you could be depressed without realizing it
- Using your worst fears as a path to more joy, freedom and fulfillment
- The entry point to the second journey into manhood and maturity
You may need tissues for this one. Because it IS ok to cry.
Even men at the top of their game find themselves wanting more from life. Man Alive is the resource for men who want more meaning, a bigger impact, unshakable confidence, a hotter sex life, more money, deeper love, solid friendships or a powerful legacy.
A version of this post was originally posted on ShanaJamesCoaching.com and is republished here with permission from the author.
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