3 Reasons Why Men Should Try Therapy
Men have taken on a specific role in human development over the span of hundreds of thousands of years. While roles have very recently shifted somewhat, historically speaking, men have been the ones to fight the wars and build society. And if you think about it, it’s pretty hard to feel emotions, let alone process them, while on bloody battlefields and balancing atop giant skyscrapers.
You could say at this point in time, men have become hardwired to compartmentalize their feelings. They have them, just as much as women have feelings, they simply select to store them away and get to them later. For this reason, most men buck at the idea of going to therapy to communicate their feelings.
Here are 3 reasons why men in Minnesota should at least give therapy a try:
Recover Sense of Identity
For many generations, there was a strong definition of, and acceptance of, masculinity. Today, even in the Twin Cities, we are given a mix of messages from the media about what it means to be a man and how destructive “toxic” masculinity is. Add to this the fact that some men grew up in homes where their father was either fully absent or emotionally absent. Therapy offers men a space to create a healthy definition of what it means to be a man.
Because men have a hard time communicating their feelings, their partners can often feel abandoned and confused. This can cause real problems in the relationship. Therapy allows men to become a healthier version of themselves, one that can connect better with their partner.
Deal with Grief and Pain
Grief, loss, trauma… these are sadly a part of life. Most people, especially men, have a very hard time navigating these mental health challenges. Therapy helps men explore their own emotional pain so they can heal and move on.
These are just a few reasons why men specifically should consider therapy. If you’d like to explore treatment options for our Wayzata office, please get in touch.