Men are raised in Australia within the context of an ’emotional straight-jacket’. We still hear the damaging messages so prevalent in our culture, ‘don’t be a mummy’s boy’, ‘don’t be a sissy’, ‘big boys don’t cry’, ‘harden-up’ etc – to be accepted we learn to stop displaying emotion and not talk about how we feel.
This impedes many men’s development, manifesting as emotional timidity, limited self-awareness and poor self control. It undermines the quality of relationships and has other problematic downstream impacts. It also works to isolate men from each other and reduce the possibility of achieving a balanced, authentic, mature masculinity.
To address the negative implications of this cultural socialisation process and to deliver practical solutions over time, Adelaide Men’s Group supports regular Men’s Group meetings and accelerated experiential learning programs specifically for men.