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Being manly is psychologically “harmful” says the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has warned mental health professionals to consider “traditional masculinity” as psychologically harmful. According to researchers, “stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful” to both boys and men. APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strive to recognize and address these problems in boys and men while…


The American Psychological Association has warned mental health professionals to consider “traditional masculinity” as psychologically harmful.
According to researchers, “stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful” to both boys and men.

APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strive to recognize and address these problems in boys and men while remaining sensitive to the field’s androcentric past. Thirteen years in the making, they draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.

According to the APA’s website, “Many researchers who study femininity also work on masculinity: Several contributors to the guidelines for girls and women have also contributed to the new guidelines for boys and men.”

Christina Hoff Sommers from the American Enterprise Institute told Tucker Carlson, “The American Psychological Association is treating masculinity as a pathology in need of a cure. It’s as if the average male needs to be re-engineered or re-socialized according to specifications from – I don’t know – a gender studies textbook from the 1970’s.”

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