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Real Boys Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

William Pollack, Ph.D.; Foreword by Mary Pipher

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0805061835

9780805061833

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480 Pages

$17.99

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Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School for more than two decades, Real Boys explores this generation's "silent crisis": why so many boys are sad, lonely, and confused although they may appear tough, cheerful, and confident. Pollack challenges conventional expectations about manhood and masculinity that encourage parents to treat boys as little men, raising them through a toughening process that rives their true emotions underground. Only when we understand what boys are really experiencing, says Pollack, can parents and teachers help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression ad violence, drugs and alcohol, sexuality and love.

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Praise for Real Boys

"Anyone who lives or works with boys and men should read Real Boys."—Gail Sheehy

"A thoughtful and sensitive discussion of contemporary American boyhood."—Dr. Robert Coles

"Just as Reviving Ophelia opened our eyes to the challenges faced by adolescent girls, Real Boys helps us hear and respond to the needs of growing boys. Illuminating, exciting, and courageous, this book should be read by everyone concerned about boys. It is a beacon of hope and a gift to all of us."—Judith Jordan, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

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INSIDE THE WORLD OF BOYS:
BEHIND THE MASK OF
MASCULINITY
“I get a little down,” Adam confessed, “but I’m very good at hiding
it. It’s like I wear a mask. Even when the kids call me names or
taunt me, I never show them how much it crushes me inside.
I keep it all in.”
THE BOY CODE: “EVERYTHING’S JUST FINE“
Adam is a fourteen-year-old boy whose mother sought me out after a workshop I was leading on the subject of boys and families. Adam, she told me, had been performing very well in school, but now
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William Pollack, Ph.D.; Foreword by Mary Pipher

  • William S. Pollack, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is the co-director of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and a founding member and Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association. He and his family live in Massachusetts.
  • William Pollack © Joyce Ravid
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