What does it mean to be a man? What words come to mind when you think about this question? If you're like most people in this part of the world, you likely brought words to mind like "strong", "independent", "unemotional", or similar words like this.
Social expectations and misconceptions about masculinity and what it means to be a man can be incredibly harmful for men (and women, too!). These dynamics often give men the message that it's not ok to talk about uncomfortable emotions like sadness, fear, or anxiety. Many men learn at early ages that the only acceptable emotions for men to express are anger or aggression. As adults this can make it more challenging for men to be emotionally vulnerable.
Social expectations about masculinity can sometimes make it seem like there is only one "right" way to be a man. This pressure, paired with a lack of having the space to explore one's emotional world in an acceptable way lead many men to experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and sometimes even suicide. If you experience any of these challenges, it may be helpful to reach out to a therapist.
Therapist at Live True Counseling Can Help
Live True Counseling can match you with a therapist who is sensitive to the unique challenges that men face. Some of our therapists have lived through the difficulties that men face and can lend a special kind of understanding. Whether you're wanting to process through uncomfortable emotions and experiences, learn more about who you are, or find ways to better cope with the challenging expectations that men face, we'll work with you collaboratively to help you sort through it all so that you may live intentionally, authentically, and with integrity.