Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Men Recommended to Seek Out Fun Activities, Friends Amidst Psychological Concerns

When things get tough, women tend to seek out friends and men tend to isolate. But isolating is generally not the best way to deal with psychological and emotional stress (as I point out in my eBook on dealing with a crisis). This article supports that position - and the problem is just another part of the traditional prohibition on men having and expressing feelings.

Men Recommended to Seek Out Fun Activities, Friends Amidst Psychological Concerns

May 30th, 2010

A News Summary

Men are often pinpointed as being a particularly difficult group to reach in terms of psychotherapy and related fields. While men may benefit equally well from psychotherapy services, they are more prone than women to keeping their psychological concerns quiet, declining to talk about their issues with others –especially with health professionals. Facing significant social, and often, personal, stigmas surrounding the discussion of emotions, men often attempt to bottle their feelings, an issue that may lead to physical health problems. Such was the case of one man, a former accountant, who found himself unable to continue his shuttered and stressful lifestyle, choosing instead to become a psychotherapist.

Engaged in a men’s singing choir that helps him connect with others and feel more joyous, the therapist notes that it’s of great importance for men to take part in enjoyable activities with their friends –even if they don’t end up having a heart-to-heart talk about their feelings. Though the therapist acknowledges that many social activities among men are not likely in include significant opening-up about emotions, he also notes that it’s essential to attract and retain friendships in which men feel that they are able to broach the subject of emotions if desired.

By seeking out friendships that allow for such candid discussion while also staying socially active with events or groups that reinforce personal hobbies and interests, the therapist suggests, men can take greater care of their mental and emotional needs without feeling negative about their choices. Of course, working past social and personal stigma and asking for professional help is also a wise option for some men experiencing symptoms of depression and other issues, though finding the right social support and personal schedule may work wonders for many.

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