For many years men were our founders of psychology just think about Freud, then, his daughter, then Jung, and then Adler. With all these men, you would think that psychology and mental health issues would be so important to men. However, it’s quite the opposite, then want to be seen as anything, but vulnerable and are society has made mental health issues seem to be a negative thing until recently.
Men tend to want to be leaders, and be strong. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. Actually, it’s excellent. What they need to be realizing is that to be strong you have to also be vulnerable. It’s kind of an oxymoron.
Group therapy seems to be pretty successful for men. I think it has a lot to do with the camaraderie of not being singled out. It’s just one man in a room, and Office, and being questioned about their past, and what the problem is.
Actually, if people could view mental health counseling differently, we’d be in a much better mindset every day of our life. Counseling is no more than just communication and learning to be savvy about it, and to be more sensitive about to you’re talking to and how you say it. I wish there was more positive publicity on men and seeking mental health strengthening themselves instead of weakening. Here is a good YouTube video to help men all over end the "man up" mentality.
Christine Cantilena Barnes
A licensed clinical mental health counselor, Christine has been a part of Atlanta’s professional community for over 25 years.