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David Newell: What's The Story With Men Today? (A Look Inside The ManKind Initiation)

By David Newell

What does it mean to be a man these days? First partner? First job? First kid? Two weeks ago I took a trip to Ireland to find out. Alongside 40 other men, bound by non-disclosure agreements, I took part in The ManKind Project’s answer to this question. Over the next 2 days we went through a series of secret processes to explore the deeper and darker recesses of ourselves to find out how we too could become part of a new generation of kind and compassionate fathers, partners, and community leaders. Why? Well, maybe its just me but it feels like masculinity has gone a little but sideways these days. MeToo, addiction, binge drinking, domestic violence, just some of the pathologies stemming from unhealed problems in the collective psyche of men. Not to mention depression, loneliness, and suicide. For me, when I look around in society, I see desperately few role models of a man I want to be. Our films, TV, music, political leaders, we seem to elevate some really stupid shit (at least in my book). So in this week’s episode I took the topic head on to talk about the problems of modern masculinity, how these are being created from an early age, and what can be done about it. I talked about about some of the darker aspects of my psyche that came up at MKP, how the experience massively helped me, and the impact it has had as a result. Most of our listeners are female so please listen and share with your boyfriends, brothers, fathers, husbands - if it resonates. Enjoy!

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