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DSM Finally Acknowledges Matters of the Heart

Most therapists are pretty unhappy with the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. We don’t like to be pigeon-holed into pathologizing our clients with disorders that meet DSM criteria for insurance purposes. We also find that DSM omits huge problems such as sexual addiction and the use of pornography, while including arcane and relatively […]

What’s Up With Men and Football?

Men and football go together like men and F-150 Fords. Most guys love the game. Those who don’t probably won’t advertise their dislike but may sit quietly eating Doritos and checking Facebook as their friends hoot and holler watching their team on the big screen. Why? Because football is the quintessential “tough guy” sport—only the […]

The “Tough Guy” Debate

When Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin absconded with Crimea, Fareed Zakaria (Time magazine and CNN) analyzed the Washington political debate about how to handle Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine under the title, “Enough of the tough guy debate.” In his article, Zakaria noted “Many Republicans are arguing that Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened in the Crimea […]

Why Conventional Therapy doesn’t Work with Men

Conventional views of the origin of men’s psychological problems have got it backwards. Men, they contend, suffer from traditional mental health disorders—anxiety and depression as well as substance abuse and bipolar disorders—and these issues lead to relationship problems. Their marriages don’t work, and they’re too often combative at work and play. Our clinical work with […]