Boys to men

Ask your teenaged son how he is doing and you are likely to get a terse reply. “All right.” “Fine.” Or maybe, “I’m chillin’.” Though most young males are teeming jungles of thoughts and emotions, they seldom talk about their inner lives. Male reticence is often shrugged off as hormone poisoning, but if Harvard psychiatrist William S. Pollack is right, the hormone myth is just a story that we tell ourselves in order to avoid the hard and sometimes psychologically treacherous work of trying to get boys to tell us what’s going on in their hearts and minds.


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