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Man Enough: Fathers, Sons and the Search for Masculinity

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How does a boy learn to be a man?

A man learns masculinity primarily from his father. But generations of boys who grow up without caring fathers or male mentors to emulate are left to guess what "men" are really like. They rely on cultural icons--larger-than-life images--as models of masculinity. As a result, they grow up mirroring overblown myths of manhood. Obsessed with being "man enough," they become philanderers, controllers, and competitors--constantly overcompensating for their loss of a true role model, yet sorely unprepared for family life.

In Man Enough, psychiatrist and family therapist Frank Pittman explores what it is like to grow up male today. With great poignancy, humor, and candor, he weaves together case studies from his practice, examples from literature and films, plus personal vignettes from his own experiences as a father to examine these hyper-masculine men and to illustrate how they developed and how they can change. Dr. Pittman asserts that men can move past proving their masculinity and start practicing it by striving with the other guys rather than against them, achieving equality and intimacy with their mates--and by fathering. A man raises himself as he raises children and learns to understand and forgive his parents as he becomes one.

An important book for men and women, Man Enough offers a new approach to issues of commitment, caring and control and creates a positive model for the fathers of tomorrow's men.

Synopsis:

Psychiatrist and family therapist Frank Pittman explores what it is like to grow up male today. With poignancy, humor and candor, Dr. Pittman combines case studies, examples from literature and films, plus his own experience to examine issues of commitment, caring, and control for the father's of tomorrow's men.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [296]-301) and index.

About the Author

Frank Pittman, M.D., is a psychiatrist and family therapist in Atlanta, Georgia. His revolutionary research on family therapy as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization, conducted with Langsley and Kaplan in Denver in the mid-1960s, won awards from both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Family Therapy Association. In the late 1970s, Pittman championed community mental health as he directed the public psychiatric at Atlanta's Grady Hospital

For the last twenty years, Pittman has been in private practice, teaching in the department of psychiatry at Emory University and in the department of psychology at Georgia State University, and doing workshops around the world.

Since 1983, he has written a regular movie review for the Family Therapy Networker. Since 1991, he has written a monthly advice column for men in New Woman magazine.

He works and lives in Atlanta with Betsy, his wife of 33 years, and a steadily changing menage of their grown children, nieces and nephews.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. The Obsession of Masculinity

One: Masculinity: The Secret Passion of Men

Two: Philanderers

Three: Contenders

Four: Controllers

II. Becoming a Man

Five: Growing Up Male

Six: Father Hunger

Seven: Mother Love

Eight: The Brotherhood of Boys

Nine: Myths of Heroes

III. Being a Man

Ten: A Man Among Men

Eleven: Mating with a Woman

Twelve: Life as Father

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399518836
Author:
Pittman, Frank S.
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Author:
Pittman
Author:
Pittman, Frank
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Masculinity (psychology)
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Men -- Psychology.
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Perigee
Series Volume:
no. 135
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.98x5.16x.86 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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