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A New Psychotherapy for Traditional Men
     

A New Psychotherapy for Traditional Men

by Gary R. Brooks
 
Breaking down the barriers

Most men are trained from earliest childhood to suppress emotional distress, to avoid the subtle signals of interpersonal conflicts, to experience humiliation at the first hint of failure, and most of all, to resist asking for help. In this much-needed book, Gary Brooks shares his experience of working with resistant male clients

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Breaking down the barriers

Most men are trained from earliest childhood to suppress emotional distress, to avoid the subtle signals of interpersonal conflicts, to experience humiliation at the first hint of failure, and most of all, to resist asking for help. In this much-needed book, Gary Brooks shares his experience of working with resistant male clients and shows how to overcome this resistance and achieve positive results. Brooks reveals how compassion, respect, empathy, and sensitivity to men's defenses help break down barriers and make them amenable to the therapeutic process.

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"A comprehensive, scholarly volume brimming with clinical insight into the hearts and minds of the traditional blue-collar men he so adroitly treats. . . .offers not only a guide, but inspiration and hope that men whose lives have been badly damaged?men who are likely to be considered poor risks for therapy?can find significant help in the therapy relationship." (Ronald F. Levant, dean, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University)

"Carefully weaving the psychological literature together with glimpses into real men's lives, Gary Brooks creates a tapestry of the ?new man' that is at once honest, poignant, and our hope for the future. Millions of men's and women's lives will be enriched by reading this book. I already have a number of traditional men on my gift list." (Lenore Walker, author of The Abused Woman and The Battered Woman)

"This wonderful book is filled with wisdom and compassion. It should be required reading for anyone doing psychotherapy with men; it should be required reading for anyone who is in a relationship with a man! It is clear, sensitive, incisive. In a time of gender strife and misunderstanding, Dr. Brooks provides a beacon of hope." (Judith V. Jordan, assistant professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and training director, Stone Center, Wellesly College)

Booknews
Maps a strategy for engaging therapy-resistant men in the process of healing their psychological pain. Acknowledging that traditional men are often reluctant to confront their emotions and admit to vulnerability, advocates the use of empathy, gender-aware therapy, and sensitivity to men's unique cultural positioning to further the therapeutic process. Specifically addresses individual, group, family, and marital therapy techniques. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787941239
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/22/1998
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

GARY R. BROOKS is the chief of psychology service at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, Texas and former president of Division 51-the Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity-of the American Psychological Association. He is an associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences with the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, adjunct faculty member at Baylor University, and instructor of men's studies with Texas Women's University.

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