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Pain Behind the Mask Overcoming Masculine Depression

by John Lynch, PhD and Christopher Kilmartin, PhD

Depression in men is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, which is why it often goes untreated. This unique book does not portray men as victims, but seeks to describe a man's responsibility and proposes realistic strategies for change.

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From The Pain Behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression, you will discover how masculine development precludes your male clients toward the two defining characteristics of masculine depression: dissociating from feelings and acting out suppressed feelings in destructive behaviors. Depression in men is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, which is why it often goes untreated. This unique book does not portray men as victims, but seeks to describe a mans responsibility and proposes realistic strategies for change.

The Pain Behind the Mask is written in easy-to-follow question and answer format to guide you through various subtopics discussed within each general area. Through The Pain Behind the Mask, you will learn new techniques and strategies to help improve the lives of men who suffer from depression by:

  • gaining new insight into how understanding destructive behaviors as a masculine form of depression leads to new treatments for this condition
  • discovering effective treatments for masculine depression that account for the origins and meaning of a mans behavior in a relationship
  • analyzing case studies to help you gain a better understanding of the various characteristics and dynamics of masculine depression
  • finding useful ways to conceptualize and intervene with clients who display symptoms of masculine depression
  • learning to address the underlying causes of problem behavior instead of dealing solely with the outward appearance to recognize and treat masculine depression

    The Pain Behind the Mask deals with the problems of masculine depression by helping you acquire workable solutions. This indispensable book will help you understand the roots of masculine depression so you can guide your clients toward positive and self-healing attitudes.

    1. Chapter 1. He Sure Doesnt Look Depressed
      What Is Depression?
      What Is Masculine Depression?
      How Is Masculine Depression Different from Feminine Depression?
      What Are the Solutions to Masculine Depression?
    2. Chapter 2. Family Influences
      What Are the Family Roots of Masculine Depression?
      How Are Family Relationships Structured?
      How Does Family Structure Influence a Boys Development?
      How Do Peer Groups Influence Family Dynamics?
      How Do Negative Masculine Childhood Experiences Lead to Relationship Problems in Adulthood?
      How Does a Problematic Mother-Son Relationship Contribute to Masculine Depression?
      How Does a Problematic Father-Son Relationship Contribute to Masculine Depression?
      How Does Peer Socialization Lead to Masculine Depression?
    3. Chapter 3: How Can Men Develop Healthy (As Opposed to Traditional) Masculinity?
      Behavior: The Socialization Process
      What Are Gender Messages?
      What Differences Are Found in the Physical and Social Environments of Males and Females?
      What Are the Major Sex Differences in Childhood Gender Socialization?
      What Role Does Reward and Punishment Play in Gender Stereotyping?
      What Is the Single Most Powerful Gender Socialization Process for Males?
      What Other Influences Have an Effect on Behavior?
      How Do Individual Males Respond to Masculine Socialization?
      What Are the Links Between Masculine Socialization and Gender Identity?
      How Does a Fathers Inaccessibility Influence a Boys Socialization?
      How Is Masculine Socialization Linked to Masculine Depression?
    4. Chapter 4. The Masculine Dilemma:
      Not Too Close, Not Too Far Away
      What Is the Masculine Dilemma?
      What Does the Masculine Dilemma Look Like?
      How Does Dissociation from Feelings Contribute to the Masculine Dilemma?
      How Do Men and Women Tend to Differ in a Relationship?
      How Does the Masculine Dilemma Affect Intimacy? 77 Summary of Part 1
      PART 11: REMEDIES " Introduction to Part 11
    5. Chapter 5. Empathy for Self and Responsibility for Change
      What Do Dissociated Feelings Feel Like? " How Do Feelings Find Expression?
      How Do You Begin to Feel Feelings?
      How Can Men Learn the Importance of Expressing Feelings?
      Is Identifying Feelings the Same As Empathy?
      What Helps Men Change Their Views of Themselves?
      What Are the ABCs of Change?
    6. Chapter 6. Relation to Other Men
      How Are Traditional Masculinity and Masculine Depression Connected to Mens Relationships with One Another?
      Isnt This What the
      Mens Movement
      Tried to Do Connect Men to Other Men?
      What Do Men Really Need from Other Men?
      Why Are Relationships with Other Men So Vital to the Healing Process in Men?
      How Do Traditional Relationships with Other Men Maintain the Problem?
      What Do Men Have to Offer One Another?
      How Can an Inexperienced Man Form an Authentic Friendship with Another Man?
      How Can Relationships with Men Change Mens Dependency on Women?
      What Are the ABCs of Change?
    7. Chapter 7. Relation to Women
      What Is Empathy?
      What Do Men Need to Develop Empathy for Their Partners?
      What Masculine Needs Most Impair Mens Relational Skills?
      What Is Narcissism?
      Why Do Men Lack Empathy for Women in Intimate Relationships?
      How Does One Overcome Masculine Narcissism?
      What Steps Can Men Take to Acquire Skills for Successful Relationships?
      How Do You Recognize a Power Struggle?
      How Do You Fight Fairly Without Abuse or Capitulation?
      How Can Men Learn to Be Mates and Not Masters?
      What Is the Best Way to Talk?
      What Are the ABCs of Change?
    8. Chapter 8. Relations with Family
      What Happens to Fathers in Problematic Families?
      How Do You Become the Father That You Did Not Have?
      Why Focus Attention on These Day-to-Day Family Activities?
      What Do Traditional Men Think That Children Need from Them?
      Can Fathers Nurture, and Does Nurturing Spoil Children?
      What Do Children Actually Need from Fathers?
      How Can Men Stop the Cycle of Masculine Depression?
      How Do Isolated Fathers Affect Daughters?
      What Is the Most Destructive Experience That Fathers Can Help Sons Avoid?
      Are Mothers and Fathers the Same or Different?
      What Are the ABCs of Change?
    9. Chapter 9. Fear and Rage in the Lives of Men
      What Anger Is
      What Anger Is Not
      How Does the Expression of Anger Become So Distorted?
      How Is Lack of Empathy for the Self Related to Domestic Violence?
      How Is Domestic Violence Related to Mens Assumptions About Gender?
      What Are the Stages of Domestic Violence?
      Are Power Struggles Related to Domestic Violence?
      What Kinds of Social Changes Would Decrease Domestic Violence?
      What Are the ABCs of Change?
    10. Chapter 10. The Big Picture
      What Is the Difference in Longevity Between Males and Females?
      What Are the Causes of Mens Health Problems?
      How Are Health and Traditional Masculinity Related?
      What Kinds of Direct Self-Destructive Behaviors Do Men Frequently Engage In?
      What Kinds of Positive Health Behaviors Do Men Frequently Avoid?
      What Kinds of Risky Health Behaviors Are Common in Men?
      How Do Emotions Affect Health?
      How Can Men Better Safeguard Their Health?
      What Is Social Change?
      What Can Men Do to Help Change the Destructive Aspects of Gender?
      Reference Notes

      212 pages

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