Is there something wrong with boys who cry?
You probably know girls feel an unspoken pressure to be beautiful, but did you know boys feel a similar pressure to be unemotional? It’s true.
This might not sound like a big deal, but showing emotion and vulnerability is how humans connect, so boys who grow up trying to be unemotional prevent themselves from forming close relationships. Without social support, it becomes much more likely that these boys will grow up and use anger, violence and addictive activities and substances to soothe themselves during difficult times. READ MORE
Learn more about the emotional climate for boys
Grief demands expression. The only way to get through it is to go through it – to experience the pain of grief and process it in safe, healthy ways.
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