The Psychologists Who Fail Men

May 21, 2022

I won’t lie to you. The notion that men are part of an omniscient oppressor class, is a tantalising and exciting idea to believe in, much like any fantasy story or fairy tale.

I won’t act surprised when people buy into it. I’m sure it feels quite validating, to shake your fist at the sky and cry out against the patriarchy – rather than accept one’s own reality and individual responsibility.

And I understand those, who despite dwindling in number, still ardently hold onto these antiquated notions, and beat their chests appropriately.

I get it.

But what is disappointing and hard to understand for me, are how these ideas have been so readily adopted into some areas of the psychological industry – a science, to which ideology and dogmatic politics have no home.

Thankfully, only a small proportion of clinical psychologists have taken the bait; building gender critical discourse, and non-clinical political ideas into their treatment of highly vulnerable men.

Because I don’t know about you, but calling a man who is dealing with suicidal ideation “toxic” and a proponent of the patriarchy, isn’t in any psychological text book I’ve read.

And so the battle for men's mental health has begun, with the American Psychological Association, like a lost child, at its centre.

So which side are you on?

Should we expect more from our psychologists?

Centre for Male Psychology

Images by cathal-mac-an-bheatha, joakim-honkasalo, rene-muller and Zoran-nayagam from Unsplash.


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