Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

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Macmillan, May 10, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 480 pages
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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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I'm unlikely to read this whole thing but youneverknow. Right now I'm skipping around and browsing. The generic/cultural failings of my boy-to-man upbringing were doubled down on by the serious ... Read full review

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As with many academic books, it would be more accurate to say I skimmed this book. It's an interesting beginning, albeit somewhat outdated, to the understanding of the intersection of psychology ... Read full review

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Contents

CONNECTING TO BOYS
79
WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
301
STAYINGCONNECTED REALBOYSREAL MEN
389
THE REAL BOY CODEREVISING THE BOY CODE AND STAYING CONNECTED
391
SOURCES
399
BIBLIOGRAPHY
417
INDEX
435
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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.

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