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Oct. 28, 2020 – The men we treat also struggle with sharing emotions. Asking for help and showing humility and vulnerability is usually associated with sharing emotions. That again is something they often shy away from. There are many reasons for this. Some of the men have been taught from an early age that men do not show emotions. They often have fathers who are strong and controlled. They are in professions where emotions are not shared readily except possibly for anger. There is a sense of pride, and being vulnerable and sensitive is embarrassing for them. Sharing emotions can leave them feeling out of control which is uncomfortable. Letting go of control runs counter to their being.
Often the clients we serve have had trauma in their life. They have stuffed those feelings and left the trauma behind, often thinking that they can just forget about it and move on. Part of functioning involves ignoring those feelings because they are just too painful to deal with. Addressing these issues can lead to feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness.