As a result of the cultural norm that says men don’t cry and should man up, many men are left struggling and alone with stress and trauma. It is common to be afraid to share what you’re going through for fear of being seen as weak or unmanly. Today’s guest shares how you can reduce stress and trauma while also feeling more confident, empowered and connected.
When you are stressed or upset, what do you do?
Do you lean on or connect with others, or do you suck it up and go it alone?
If you’ve ever chosen to go it alone, fearing that others would see you as weak or unmanly, today’s podcast is for you!
The truth is you are not meant to be an island or a rock.
Every man and every person needs and deserves support for their struggles and hardships. You do too.
Today’s Man Alive Podcast guest, Owen Marcus, has been leading men’s groups for over 40 years. He is the Director of Education at EVRYMAN and His book, Grow Up: A Man’s Guide to Masculine Emotional Intelligence lays out how to complete the nine stages of emotional maturation for boys and men.
Owen speaks from his own struggles and his hard won lessons. In this conversation we discussed:
- What really gives men access to their strength, confidence and connection
- What we can learn about vulnerability from men who serve in the special forces
- What to do when current stress brings up old trauma
- Why pick up lines and games don’t work with women
- Common struggles men face as they get older
You really don’t have to go it alone. If you’re feeling stressed or like some part of you is dying inside, reach out and let me know. I’ll help you find the right resources and support for you!
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