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Man Kind

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

Zachary Gerdes, PhD, Creator of the LIFT Model

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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…

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ronald Levant, PhD
Introduction
Part I: Leverage
Chapter 1. The Lay of the Land
Chapter 2. Working Harder and Smarter
Chapter 3. Expanding the Wolfpack
Part II: Intelligence and Insight
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Foreword by Ronald Levant, PhD
Introduction
Part I: Leverage
Chapter 1. The Lay of the Land
Chapter 2. Working Harder and Smarter
Chapter 3. Expanding the Wolfpack
Part II: Intelligence and Insight
Chapter 4. Emotionality
Chapter 5. Fight-or-Flight Club
Part III: Freedom
Chapter 6. Freedom from Addiction
Chapter 7. Sex, Relationships, and Freedom
Chapter 8. #MeToo and Manning Up
Chapter 9. Freedom from Implicit Bias and Identity Dissonance
Part IV: Truth
Chapter 10. Mental Health is Real Health
Chapter 11. Biology and Beyond
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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Zachary Gerdes
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Zachary Gerdes

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.