In a powerful, groundbreaking examination of male depression--the secret, undiagnosed disease that plagues men and the people who love them--Terrence Real, a psychotherapist with 20 years of experience treating men and their families, draws on dramatic case studies and his own experiences as a son and father to examine the personal and social ...
In a powerful, groundbreaking examination of male depression--the secret, undiagnosed disease that plagues men and the people who love them--Terrence Real, a psychotherapist with 20 years of experience treating men and their families, draws on dramatic case studies and his own experiences as a son and father to examine the personal and social ramifications of this widespread malady.
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I'm not usually one for self-help books, but this one hits the nail on the head. We put all this pressure on guys to be Big Strong Manly Men, and that backs them into a corner, depression-wise. The author peels away the layers of societal expectations and gets to the heart of what's really going on with guys. Read this if you know someone going through a mid-life crisis. Or if YOU're going through a mid-life crisis. At first, you'll feel really Alan-Alda-ey, but after a while, you'll have to admit he's right on the money. Really helpful.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-11-04 Hidden male depression is the focus of this clear, compelling book by a Massachusetts family psychotherapist who specializes in working with dysfunctional men. Because our culture socializes boys to mask feelings of vulnerability, he says, they bury deep within themselves damaging childhood trauma and its ensuing depressive effects when they become men. This strongly reasoned study starts out with an illustration of the "toxic legacy" that is passed, often for generations, from father to son, with each chapter adding another piece to the complex face. The lucid exposition of ideas is made more vivid through dramatizing. Real uses "composite" cases, so no actual person is depicted except the author himself. One of the most arresting aspects of the book is the autobiographical thread that he weaves throughout. Real's central concern is what he calls covert depression, a pain-filled, inchoate state that may or may not eventually erupt into overt depression. The book is wise beyond its stated scope: in setting up a model for the nature, etiology and treatment of male depression, Real ends up offering-with some gender variants-an almost universal paradigm. BOMC, QPB and One Spirit alternates. (Jan.)
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