We interview Josh Becker, a teacher for Breakthrough for Men and host of the I Simply Am podcast. Breakthrough for Men is dedicated to making real change in the quality of men’s lives. We discuss why it’s much more difficult to gather a group of men (vs. women) for the purpose of self exploration. Josh helps redefine the definition of manhood – society encourages men to be strong and not vulnerable, intelligent and not thoughtful, powerful and not beautiful. And men are using unhealthy coping mechanisms (alcohol, drugs, sex, gaming, gambling) to to deal with their unrecognized feelings and challenges. Josh can be found here and information on Breakthrough for Men can be found here.
How can women help men open up?
If and when your husband shows any sense of vulnerability, do not use it against them or make fun of them in any way, and create a safe and trusting environment for your husband to express emotions. Men need to know they’re safe before opening up.
How can men open up?
Take a look at the people you surround yourself with. Is it based soley upon alcohol and sports? If you find that it’s less fulfilling than it used to be, it might be time to find a group of men that have some other interest. Can’t find one? Check this out – I Simply Am blog/podcast by Josh Becker
Todd, Cathy, & Josh play a random question game – find out their answers to these questions:
What is one thing you wish you knew 20 years ago that you know now?
Who is your favorite teacher?
How do you practice self-love?
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Just before I started listening to this episode I came across this video about how society influences boys becoming men. I thought you might enjoy it. “There’s Something Absolutely Wrong With What We Do To Boys Before They Grow Into Men”:
Also related “Miss Representation”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5pM1fW6hNs
Ryan- Thanks for the comment. cathy and i are big fans of “Miss Representation” and are anxiously waiting for “The Mask We Live In” to come out. thanks for listening and thanks for commenting.