Men’s therapy groups provide an exceptional opportunity for men to be fully themselves with one another. In addition to traditional roles men often play, they also have deeper longings for more meaningful, authentic contact in their lives, and group therapy is one venue where they get to practice the here-and-now experience of deeper connection and vulnerability. In his 1988 book Bradshaw: On The Family (which was later expanded into a PBS series), John Bradshaw made the distinction between human doings and human beings. Men’s groups offer a space for men to experience themselves more dimensionally, and less imprisoned in the doing role.
Have you ever wondered, as I have, why women are more represented among those who use psychotherapy? Do women really have more problems? Do they strive for greater insight? Or are they just more aware?
Betty Ford saved many women’s lives – women she never met. Thanks to her honesty and willingness to express her vulnerabilities on a national, public level, as well as to personal friends and family, more and more women have been able to admit that they too have addictions to alcohol and/or drugs. Betty Ford revealed her addiction to the public in 1978. In 1982, she, along with former ambassador to Belgium Leonard Firestone, founded the Betty Ford Center.
As I have been looking at gender — primarily masculinity — and addiction
off and on for more than a decade and a half, I have arrived at some
nascent ideas that I am sure are not original but are compelling
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