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Man Kind

Tools for Mental Health, Well-Being, and Modernizing Masculinity

A ground-breaking guide that provides men with tools to improve their mental health and well-being.

Masculinity requires a redesign. Men exhibit higher rates of suicide, lower rates of help-seeking, higher rates of substance use and abuse, and higher rates of anger and violence. How can this change? In Man Kind, counseling psychologist Zachary Gerdes, PhD, provides a framework for improving men's mental health and well-being while redefining what it means to be masculine. Rather than following a traditional view of masculinity focused on stoicism, patriarchy, and self-reliance, Gerdes provides his LIFT model—a road map to help men foster collaboration, understand when and how to utilize resources, and build mental resilience and flexibility.

In this empowering book, Gerdes:

• helps men understand their thoughts and behaviors from a psychological perspective
• provides steps to help men change behaviors that are detrimental to their health and relationships
• outlines a model for healthy masculinity that incorporates psychological and relational practices for improving well-being
• includes strategies for improving cognitive insight, elevating emotionality, reinvigorating relationships, and overcoming oppression and oppressiveness
• illustrates how certain behaviors are not necessarily "masculine" but merely the result of social conditioning
• explains the latest psychological and social science research on gender identity and masculinity to provide a scientific foundation for improving men's mental health
• operates on the Leverage, Insight, Freedom, Truth (LIFT) model, which Gerdes developed as an intervention to improve various health outcomes in men

Man Kind provides men with the tools they need to improve their mental health and well-being.

About the Authors

Zachary Gerdes (SEATTLE, WA), PhD, is a captain in the United States Air Force, the director of psychological health at his current duty station, and a guest lecturer at Air University. He is also the founder and director of the outreach organization Lift the Mind.

Endorsements

"Gerdes provides advice to men designed to expand 'masculinity' and improve well-being. The author's tone is light and engaging and will appeal to many men. Man Kind effectively summarizes research on a range of topics (e.g., stress, emotionality, self-reliance) concerning the role of masculinities in limiting or promoting health and well-being."

- Brendan Gough, Leeds Beckett University, author of Contemporary Masculinities: Embodiment, Emotion and Wellbeing

"In Man Kind, Dr. Zachary Gerdes distills extensive psychological findings to affirm that men can feel proud of their masculinity while developing flexible notions of masculinity and adapting them to different situations. Employing 'LIFT,' his intriguing model for male wellbeing based on science and his deep and sensitive understanding of men, Dr. Gerdes explains men can simultaneously avoid certain notions of masculinity that hinder growth and functioning while shaping a positive, honorable form of manhood."

- Mark S. Kiselica, Fellow and Former President, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity; coeditor, Counseling Troubled Boys; author, When Boys Become Parents: Adolescent Fatherhood in America

"Man Kind is a welcome shift from bleak discussions of a 'masculinity crisis' towards a hopeful exploration of inclusive and expansive masculinities. It is a wonderful balance of philosophical, scientific, psychological, and cultural insights, without losing sight of the practical. With a focus on flexibility, nuance, and accountability, Dr. Gerdes provides concrete, evidence-based strategies rooted in ACT and CBT to guide men through their gender role journey. The harsh realities of homophobia and sexism underlie the urgency of his message—men deserve more from masculinity."

- Kathleen Alto, PhD

"Man Kind gives us vocabulary and tools to have a critical conversation about masculinity. Dr. Gerdes's work empowers us to be active agents in creating inclusive and flexible visions of masculinity that serve to benefit us all. Very useful for community leaders, mental health professionals, medical professionals, coaches, and educators to help reframe the conversation about masculinity in productive and accessible ways."

- Bradley P. Jackson, MSW, M.Ed.

"An antidote to simplistic culture war assertions, Dr. Gerdes draws on solid research on the impact both healthy and harmful assumptions of masculinity on men's mental health while providing a clear framework and useful tools for promoting well-being. Man Kind is a gift for all of us striving for a better vision of what it means to be a man."

- George Sayre, PsyD, University of Washington

"Without vilifying men or throwing out manhood altogether, Man Kind is a refreshing book that expands what it means to be a man in an increasingly confusing time for men. Men from any background can find common ground and inspiration in Dr. Gerdes' deeply approachable book. As a psychologist and social scientist, I highly recommend men read Man Kind during their journey to find a non-confining version of masculinity of which they can be proud."

- Caitlin Martin-Wagar, PhD

"How can men live healthier and more fulfilling lives? Dr. Gerdes addresses this question by skillfully translating scientific and scholarly concepts about masculinities into practical techniques and applicable insights. This book has the perfect combination of personal anecdotes, contemporary examples, and scientific research. I highly recommend it!"

- Y. Joel Wong, Chair, Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology, Indiana University Bloomington
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