Silent Sons: A Book for and About Men

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It could be you or someone you love. Strong, silent types are everywhere, and it is their telltale silence that has kept their problems hidden until now. A silent son can come from a family that coped with violence, alcoholism, child abuse, extreme rigidity, or divorce, but all silent sons have certain ...

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Overview

It could be you or someone you love. Strong, silent types are everywhere, and it is their telltale silence that has kept their problems hidden until now. A silent son can come from a family that coped with violence, alcoholism, child abuse, extreme rigidity, or divorce, but all silent sons have certain common characteristics:

  • They keep things that bother them to themselves.
  • They deny that unpleasant events occur.
  • They fear letting people know them.
  • They have difficulty interacting with their parents, spouses, or children.
  • They have a strong fear of criticism.
  • They are often angry.

In Silent Sons, Dr. Robert Ackerman, a silent son himself, examines the problems that commonly confront silent sons, keeping them from experiencing the full range of human emotions. In a compassionate and hopeful voice, the author defines the silent son and examines the impact of parents, particularly fathers, on these men and shows how their dysfunctional upbringing affects their present relationships, especially with women.
By putting aside anger, finding peace with one's self, and looking for support from other silent sons, Dr. Ackerman feels every man can realize his full potential and become a well balanced, healthy survivor.
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Suzanne Somers Author of Keeping Secrets and Wednesday's Children Finally, a book to help men and the women who want to understand them.

Publishers Weekly Ackerman offers advice on how to communicate better and grow emotionally. Not just another "men's movement" book, this is a notable addition to the literature on male psychology.

Margo Harakas Sun-Sentinel It's a book of hope, a hand-holding guide for all those men who survived their dysfunctional upbringing, but not without wounds and lingering pain.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Perfect Daughters looks at the problems faced by men from dysfunctional families. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671892869
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 381,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is the author of Perfect Daughters. A professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    Finally help for men in pain.

    I carried the left over anger of my childhood for decades. Sometimes it was my only companion. Finally, I moved on. Bravo to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    WELL THERE I AM.

    What a powerful book. If you or anyone you love are a silent one please read this book. You won't be sorry. You will be glad and relieved. I am a 42 year old male, married with one son of my own. I wish my wife could have read this book 20 years ago. Don't miss this one.

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