Dad Things - Issue #47
Why Is It So Hard for Men to Make Close Friends?
“I think men have been convinced that success in life does not necessarily include friendship — that if they’re successful at work or they’ve started a family, they’ve won,” Mr. Ritter said. “Our definition has always included having these thriving friendships.”
This is something I’ve become more aware of as I’ve gotten older and my family has grown. It’s easy to blame work and family responsibilities, but it’s much deeper than that.
“I think men have a deep craving for intimacy with their friends,” said Nick Fager, a licensed mental health counselor and the co-founder of Expansive Therapy, an L.G.B.T.Q.-focused psychotherapy group. “And yet getting there can feel so incredibly challenging.”
Worth reading for the tips on how to foster those male relationships.
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