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Real Boys

Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

William Pollack; Foreword by Mary Pipher

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Featuring a new preface by the author on how parents can make a difference.

With author appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20 /20 and NPR's Fresh Air, and featuring articles in Newsweek, Time, and The New York Times, Real Boys is one of the most talked-about and influential books published this year.

Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School over two decades, Real Boys explores why 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 drives their true emotions underground. Only when we understand what boys are really like, says Pollack, can we help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression, love and sexuality, drugs and alcohol, divorce, and violence.

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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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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, author of The Moral Intelligence of Children

"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." --Judith Jordan, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William Pollack; 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 and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He and his family live in Massachusetts.
  • William Pollack © Joyce Ravid
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Real Boys

Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

William Pollack; Foreword by Mary Pipher

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