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"Emotions" Blog Posts

November 10, 2022

How Am I Feeling? It's Hard to Say

When my friend Pete told me that his cancer was back, I stammered some platitudes about always having hope, being strong. You know the sort of thing. What I simply couldn't do was ask him how he felt. And I've known him for over 30 years...

October 25, 2022

Parenting and Work: Changing Perspectives – #MTtalk Roundup

"It's learning to balance push and pull, holding on and letting go, being there without smothering."

June 15, 2022

How Men Can Manage Negative Emotions in a Healthy Way

Society has long held stereotypical perceptions of how men handle their emotions. Men suffer from antiquated ideas of burying feelings, using alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism, and even becoming physically abusive to avoid tackling the problem. Obviously, none of these methods are healthy. And perpetuating these stereotypes does nothing to help men find […]

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December 8, 2020

Why Do We Self-Shame? – #MTtalk Roundup

Looking back at my younger self, I realize that it must have been difficult to work with me. Someone who is so used to being shamed and feeling bad about themself tends to be defensive and over-sensitive. I also felt like an impostor

February 19, 2020

Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – My Reaction to “Invisible Women”

Invisible Women author Caroline Criado Perez deftly pulls back the curtain to reveal the harm that gender data bias can cause. But the book lacks balance

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January 2, 2020

Why Can’t Men Talk? How Toxic Masculinity Hurts Men Too

We wanted to start discussing all those topics we’d never dared to before. We wanted to avoid the trap of toxic masculinity – especially the belief that we should never ask for help

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June 26, 2018

Three Secret Ingredients of Emotional Agility

According to Christine Comaford, we all need to feel three things in order to thrive: that we're safe, we belong, and we matter. In her new book, "Power Your Tribe," she states that, "Without those three essentials, a person or team cannot perform, innovate, feel emotionally engaged, agree, or move forward." So it's a big […]

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February 2, 2015

Embrace the Dark Side!

I recently interviewed the German psychologist Gabriele Oettingen about her WOOP motivation method, which switches the focus from dreams to the obstacles that block those dreams. It’s an interesting take on positive psychology, and refreshing, too. The well-worn theme that happiness will get you everywhere is beginning to ring a bit dull, probably because I’ve […]

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September 29, 2014

An Emotional Performance

Do you try to leave your emotions at the door when you go to work? You may squirm when people express their feelings openly, but, according to Jackie Barretta, author of "Primal Teams," emotions are what connect and motivate people. Acknowledging them is a good way to harness their power, and can even transform your […]

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