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Was My Sexual Abuse My Fault?

Was My Sexual Abuse My Fault?

We are living through something of a witch-hunt these days.  Men are being accused of sexual abuse, often going back decades, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether there is evidence or not to support it. What is helpful about the current interest in sexual abuse, however, is that the historic abuse of boys is increasingly being recognized and documented.  For generations the mainstream charities supporting victims of sexual abuse refused to take on male...

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Hormones and Mens’ Parenting Behaviour.

Hormones and Mens’ Parenting Behaviour.

What kind of dad are you?  Research is beginning to show that the kind of parent you are is to some extent controlled by a number of key hormones. In the journal Hormones and Behaviour the anthropologist Alexandra Alvergne studied the level of the hormone testosterone in men’s saliva, and how this correlated with family behaviour.  On average, the higher the levels of testosterone in the saliva, the less time and money the man invested...

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Early Therapy May Help Prevent Psychosis.

Early Therapy May Help Prevent Psychosis.

People are most at risk of developing a psychotic illness in their teens or early twenties.  As a psychotic illness is devastating for the young person and their family, recent emphasis has been placed on early intervention at those at risk of developing psychosis.  The most common treatment is antipsychotic drugs, but this strategy is controversial as the side effects can be severe, including weight gain, and in any event, patients often stop taking the...

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Men and Women’s Emotional Worlds Are Different.

Men and Women’s Emotional Worlds Are Different.

It has long been argued, that men’s brains and women’s brains are essentially identical. On this view, when our girlfriends and wives implored us to ‘get in touch with our feelings’; we tend to think that it’s something that we should and could do. Nevertheless, for many a man, there is often a sense of mystery of just what it is he is expected to do. A woman’s capacity to express emotions, or so it...

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Mothers Love Helps Boys Emotional Development.

Mothers Love Helps Boys Emotional Development.

A study of over 6000 boys aged 12 and under demonstrated the importance of a close and comforting bond with their mothers. In boys who never formed a close and loving relationship with their mothers, for example by the mother being unresponsive to their needs, or repeatedly dismissing them, they were more likely to become aggressive and have mental health problems later in life. By contrast, in boys who had a secure and loving relationship...

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