2 The Way Forward: Liberating Masculinity

For an understanding of liberating masculinity, meet Jeff.

Jeff was in deep distress about his troubled marriage. He began his psychotherapy sessions with coauthor Ed Adams feeling as if his emotions were “beaten with a rubber hose.” Jeff was searching for guidance to help him change and become more open to life and love.

Even when his marriage ended, Jeff continued to believe that his only source of comfort could come from any recognition, kindness, or appreciation from his ex-wife. It was hard for him to accept the fact that his ex-wife was the last person who would be willing to comfort him. This obsessive need set off a looping cycle of emotional hurt that he could not seem to stop.

Jeff’s misery ...

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