Most men have never heard this: “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” As a result, for better once in a while but mostly for worse, men in groups.
There are two kinds of men’s groups—violent and non-violent.
OK, so basically just one group.
My colleague Keith Fraser and I facilitated men’s therapy groups at a medical clinic for ten years. Everyone in these groups had a job. The job of the closed off guy was to express himself. The job of the overbearing alpha was to make himself smaller. I discovered there are two types of groups—working groups and all the rest.
Back in the day, when I was facilitating men’s groups, we had rules. For example: No venting. The problem with venting is that while the venter feels briefly better, everyone else feels worse.