4. Men have a more limited range of emotions
Myth: Men don’t feel much compared to women. A real man will only cry once or twice in his lifetime and is generally an unfeeling, stoic badass whose face seldom abandons the neutral, cowboy-like position.
Aaaaaand of course… this old gem.
Stiff upper lip. Boys don’t cry. All that garbage.
Having and experiencing emotions is a reality for both men and women (aka human beings).
Sure, in many cultures men may have had certain emotions repressed more compared to their female counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still have them.
Men tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to being ‘allowed’ to show tenderness, sadness, grief, and joy (aka their softness/vulnerability)… whereas women tend to get ripped off when it comes to showing their anger (aka their power).
In truth, men feel just as much as women do. And the more that men are able to reclaim their emotions from the full range of the spectrum, the fewer suicides there will be, the fewer mass-shooters there will be, the less spousal abuse there will be, and the more dynamic, fulfilled, self-loving men there will be in the world.
Now, is there a seed of truth in some of these myths? Of course! Just like there is relative truth in everything.
The point of this article is to debunk black and white, this or that thinking and allow more room for nuance.
There are some men who want to spend the entirety of their lives having sex with thousands of women… and there are men who are overjoyed by the notion that they could marry their high school sweetheart and only have one sexual partner for their entire lives.
Let go of the polarized stereotypes and the arbitrary dichotomies of societally reinforced myths, and be present with the individuals in front of you.
Your worldview will become richer and more inspiring as a result.
Dedicated to your success,
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Written by Jordan Gray
Originally appeared on JordanGrayConsulting.com
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