Why is it that men continue to allow women to mother them? Why is it that men do not seem to be able to move beyond their childhood? Why is it that so many men refuse to take on the level of maturity needed to let go of this need?
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Men think loving is for women. Men will look at you in horror if you talk to them about how to love yourself. That is so sad!
My name is Steve Nash. I am a British mixed race 48 year old Yorkshire-man. I’ve been striving to find meaning to my life, to ‘the world’, ever since I can remember.
Some years ago I ran a company along with a business partner. He had founded the company years before and he was proud of what he had achieved. I put money into the company and trusted what he told me. I did not look too deep because I was proud of what the company did and flattered to be asked to join as a director.
Yesterday as I came out of ‘El Arbol’ supermarket in Mojacar I saw a large, well-dressed, man shouting at an old, badly-dressed beggar. The man was kicking and hitting the beggar. The beggar looked frightened and kept trying to get out of the way. The attacker was shouting that his wife was in tears because the beggar had been rude to her.
After trying to stop the attack, my first reaction was to wonder what might have happened had this been in the US not Spain. Would guns have been involved? Would there have death rather than bruised egos?
I thought about the different way the man and his wife had reacted to what happened. I remembered an exchange on Facebook I had had the previous day in relation to the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut.
Male Dominance is a live topic causing differences of opinion and overheated arguments. The differences often revolve around whether dominance is part of men’s inherent male nature or whether it comes from how they are nurtured.
Men develop under their mother’s influence and live in a society that is increasingly feminised by the media. They are left wondering where this leaves them as men.
In the future will men continue to dominate or will it be the turn of women? Will men continue to be domineering?
Is it time for men to embrace a new world view of equality and justice or is it time to batten down the hatches and protect what they have? Continue reading →
Men Are Easy To Understand!
Understanding men is easy, some would argue: you just have to know what men want, thats all. Why do so many men feel confused about themselves, then? Why is it that most men couldn’t tell you what they want or who they are?
Men are considered to be far less complex than women. A large factor in this is the way their brains are organised. The male brain is compartmentalised: every part works independent of the other. Specific behaviour that has been labelled as masculine results from this, for example being able to do only one thing at a time, or putting focus onto something else as a way letting go, or being in the mood for – and ready for – sex in a matter of seconds.
The two halves of the male brain are connected by merely one third of the connections the female brain has. These connections regulate the ability to switch from the logical, left, side of the brain to the sensitive, right, side of the brain. This is an important factor in understanding men and male behaviour.
Although the constitution of the male brain is a scientific truth, does this scientific truth explain why men are considered less complex? Does the way the male brain is organised determine men’s level of emotional depth, men’s ability to understand themselves, to understand women? Somehow that doesnt feel right. Could there be another reason?
Understanding Men – The Background
As I outlined in Male Dominance we live in a patriarchal society. Everything we are taught and all of our systems and structures are male focused. Boys are groomed to be part of the structure, to contribute to it and to share in its rewards. For many boys this grooming leads to them shutting off part of their personality. Boys are taught not to cry, to be strong.
Crying and displaying emotions are the domain of girls.
By the time men grow into adolescence, they are often no longer capable of truly expressing the full range of their emotions. When they reach their twenties and thirties, some real men are no longer in touch with their emotions, their feelings at all. Some men in positions of power or authority might express anger and frustration, but that is considered to be in bad taste.
Fathering children and providing for the family is a responsibility that prevents many men from following their inner most desires. I have met countless men who talked about how they would have liked to do something important or real with their life – if they had only had the chance. Alas, duty called.
Men reap all the benefits, are out there in the world while the women stay at home. Men have access to things women dont have. Men, however, have areas they can’t go to. Today, careful grooming still keeps men from developing, knowing and living in their emotions. Knowing this makes understanding mens confusion a little easier. A man needs access to his full range of emotions to live a balanced life, a life of purpose.
Society adores great works of art, great men of vision and creativity, but the men who are painters, actors, singers and dancers are themselves despised. They often live unhappy lives, filled with alcohol and drugs. They are going against societys viewpoint that has branded their emotions an outrageous display of their feminine side.
Thus the confusion grows. It becomes ever easier to understand how men can feel so adrift. In a world increasingly under the influence of the feminine, men are expected to show their emotions and to talk about them, yet on a subconscious level society still moulds them not to.
We are all the product of the same groundwork that has shaped and formed us. It is no use us blaming the past, what is done is done.
In western society, however, things are starting to improve, there is more clarity in understanding men. Men have increasing opportunities to choose differently, to educate themselves and learn to bring the parts that are missing back to the whole.
There might be another light on the horizon for future generations. Recent studies have suggested that young boys might actually be more sensitive than young girls. But before you get too excited, let me give you Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Sebastian Kraemers reaction, from an issue of the British Medical Journal:
“If parents were more aware of male sensitivity, they might change the way they treat their sons.”
The traditional attitude that “boys will be boys” needs exploring further. Seems like we still have a long way to go
In another articled I looked at “10 Ways A Man Can Love A Woman“. In talking about men in love I said,
It’s an overwhelming emotion you have about another person, an emotion that you can’t truly explain but you can’t get rid of. It makes you want to be with that person, hold them, touch them, have sex with them. It shows itself as an exchange of energy, a polarity, that excites your soul. Love makes you feel great and totally transforms life. Love is worship of the other person, the woman who is divine for you. Love is the power house behind our lives, it is the reason we live.
On a beautiful Saturday morning by the Sneekermeer in Holland, bright and cold, looking out over the water I see a typical picture of Male Bonding. Two men sitting in a boat fishing. Two men with their backs to each other, not talking but enjoying each other’s company.
The interesting part of the issue of men and intimacy is that men also have difficulty acknowledging that they have difficulty dealing with intimacy.