The Masculinity Workbook for Teens (eBook)
Teen boys are under intense pressure to conform to society’s stereotypes of masculinity, but this widespread cultural message to “man-up” can be detrimental to teens’ mental health. In this workbook, psychologist and expert on teen masculinity Christopher Reigeluth offers much-needed guidance to help teen boys form their own authentic, intentional, positive, and healthy masculine identities.
Conforming to gender stereotypes is a choice, not a requirement—you decide. This timely workbook provides a road map to help you discover what kind of man you want to be.As a teen, you may be under intense pressure to conform to society’s stereotypes of masculinity—often referred to as the “guy code.” Limiting and unhealthy gender stereotypes and social practices are pervasive, even across cultures, and research shows that strict adherence to the rules of the code—or extreme forms of “traditional” masculinity, such as suppressing your feelings, acting tough and in control, and objectifying girls and women—can lead to emotional issues, aggression, low self-esteem, more risk taking, misogyny and homophobia, and even negative health outcomes, like depression and anxiety. So, how do you navigate these mixed messages?This is the workbook you need. You’ll find fun and engaging activities that will empower you to define what being a guy means to you—whatever that is. You’ll learn all about how our world views masculinity—the good, the bad, and the toxic. You’ll find tips and tools to help you face difficult thoughts and emotions, rather than trying to avoid them, and ask for help when you need it.Most importantly, you’ll discover that there’s no “right” way to be a guy. There’s just what’s right for you.