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Edward M. Adams, Ed Frauenheim Reinventing Masculinity

The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection

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"We need this book! . . . Adams and Frauenheim show that we need to develop a more expansive conception of what it means to be a man." -Cary Cherniss, PhD, coauthor of Leading with Feeling In a recent FiveThirtyEight poll, sixty percent of men surveyed said society puts pressure on men to behave in a way that is unhealthy or bad. Men account for eighty percent of suicides in the United States, and three in ten American men have suffered from depression. Ed Adams and Ed Frauenheim say a big part of the problem is a model of masculinity that's become outmoded and even dangerous, to both men and women.The conventional notion of what it means to be a man-what Adams and Frauenheim call "Confined Masculinity" -traps men in an emotional straitjacket; steers them toward selfishness, misogyny, and violence; and severely limits their possibilities. As an antidote, they propose a new paradigm: Liberating Masculinity. It builds on traditional masculine roles like the protector and provider, expanding men's options to include caring, collaboration, emotional expressivity, an inclusive spirit, and environmental stewardship.Through hopeful stories of men who have freed themselves from the strictures of Confined Masculinity, interviews with both leaders and everyday men, and practical exercises, this book shows the power of a masculinity defined by what the authors call the five C's: curiosity, courage, compassion, connection, and commitment. Men will discover a way of being that fosters healthy, harmonious relationships at home, at work, and in the world."A wonderful book for thinking about how to release ourselves from crippling processes." -Paul Gilbert, PhD, author of The Compassionate Mind

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