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Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing The Malaise of American Manhood Charlie Donaldson

Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing The Malaise of American Manhood

Charlie Donaldson

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From the authors of Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse (Hazelden), another groundbreaking book… Why do men act the way they do? Charlie Donaldson and Randy Flood, two expert psychologists on men, provide the simpleMoreFrom the authors of Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse (Hazelden), another groundbreaking book… Why do men act the way they do? Charlie Donaldson and Randy Flood, two expert psychologists on men, provide the simple answer: Male socialization pummels the life out of them. Years of working with men in men’s therapy groups have led Donaldson and Flood to contend that most men’s behavior is neither capricious or malevolent, but a product of a socialized disorder, “mascupathy” –- a pathology of masculinity that describes an exaggeration of masculine traits (such as invulnerability and aggression) and a reduction of inherently feminine characteristics (such as openness and empathy). Mascupathy is a revolutionary concept: it explains why many men are relationally disappointing, emotionally absent, and terrified of plain personal talk, and why some men act out male aggression in domestic violence, sexual assault, and even mass shootings.Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood offers new ideas as to why men behave the way they do and hope for a better way to raise our boys. But it’s also the story of how Donaldson and Flood, as both men and therapists, came to understand men’s ongoing struggle with masculinity and how to best treat them.Here is what people are saying about Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood:“Many women in my practice struggle to understand their partners hurtful, neglectful, and abusive behaviors. I often hear, I just dont get how he can treat me that way. Mascupathy offers the untold story behind mens actions. Women who want to understand men will find in these pages a path towards greater awareness of the root causes of men’s behavior, insight that will help them make better decisions about their lives. I welcome this contribution to this very important discussion.”Amy Van Gunst, MA, LPC, executive coordinator, Fountain Hill Center.“The last half century saw the revolution for women. A new era is upon us, when men are discarding ancient and errant masculinity, and seeking the soul of a new manhood. Mascupathy is an important book – the first to identify the problem, awaken a new consciousness, and usher in men’s second, and much better, act.”David Rosen, Ph.D., author, Changing Fictions of Masculinity“Mascupathy addresses the trap of many men who cling to old models of manhood and wreak havoc on the women and children in their lives. Donaldson and Flood offer knowledgeable and compassionate approaches to helping men extricate themselves from the downward spiral of their lives and to regain their lost humanity.”Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D., A.B.P.P. professor, the University of Akron, editor, American Psychological Association Journal of Psychology of Men and Masculinity.“Mascupathy is tragically more normative in men than exceptional. What comes through in this book is the authors’ concern and empathy for the unnecessary suffering of men and so many others. As therapists and regular guys, they see much of this up close and have given all of us a deeper way to think and talk about men’s issues.”Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of the documentary film Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture, and author of The Macho Paradox.