Masculine Psychology

Masculine psychology includes the gender related psychology of male identity. It also includes the issues that men face in their life. Many men have had difficult childhoods because of mistreatment by their mother, father or both. 

Because men are born of women, they have to learn masculinity from their father, mother and society. Many psychologists over time have developed the belief that males are afraid of femininity, and this is a core aspect of the male psyche. When a man experiences vulnerable or other feelings that he considers feminine; he can become frightened. Research has identified four groups of experiences that lead to fear of the feminine: 1. when a man experiences vulnerability and uncertainty; 2. when a man is around women who are strong and competent; 3. when a man is around women who are angry and aggressive; and 4. when a man is with a woman who is like his mother.

Recent changes in society have produced males who may have a fragile masculine identity. Men have historically been used to being the head of the house. However today many women make higher incomes than their husband. While men may like having their wife contribue to the household, they might also feel that they have lost their dominant place in the home and in society. 

The changing cultural definitions of what is masculine has lead to increasing levels of depression, self- doubt, low self-esteem, and anxiety. Treatment includes helping a man define his masculinity in the new and evolving social mileau.