The Roots of Men’s Mental Health: How Men’s Group Therapy Can Help

Men have few close friends with whom they can find support, have fun with, and generally feel accepted by. A 2021 poll from Survey Center on American Life found that men with “no close friends” quintupled from 3% in 1990 to 15% today. Similarly, while 15% of men now report having 10+ close friends, this is significantly down from 40% in 1990. While some of this loneliness is certainly exasperated by the pandemic, a stream of studies have demonstrated a steady downward spiral over the past decade — reinforcing an already challenging social loneliness men already struggled with pre-pandemic.

Midlife Crisis in Men and Affairs: Is There a Link?

As men age, they often look back on the earlier years of their lives. Some feel a sense of fulfillment and relief. Some, however, feel some sort of wistfulness or even regret. Some feel lost, while some think they are missing out in life, and that they could be happier if they make drastic changes. These are the exact sentiments that often trigger a midlife crisis in men, and affairs often follow.

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