In my conversation with Connor, we tackle many harmful stereotypes about men and masculinity. We examine how men are conditioned to suppress their emotions (except rage), never ask for help, and to fight (both physically and metaphorically) their way out of every problem. We discuss the toll these negative behaviors take on men's lives — and how they can learn healthier ways to engage with other people and the world.
Check out the show notes to this episode for a full, time-stamped list of topics we cover!
What you will hear:
[00:26] Introducing Connor
[04:30] The story behind Man Talks
[06:34] Why men are hungry for meaningful connections with other men
[08:38] How people are reacting to Man Talks, from hate to love
[11:34] The #1 rule of men that makes them miserable
[13:14] How men are struggling emotionally — in relationships and in the workplace
[15:45] "It's easier to raise strong children than to fix broken men"
[17:21] When you optimize yourself, you optimize your business
[18:17] Why your rational mind can push you to do horrible things — and how to avoid it
[20:04] The huge problem of “emotional offloading”
[24:16] Men's broken relationship with self-discipline, and how Connor helps fix it
[27:29] How Man Talks weekend retreats transform men's lives
[28:44] How you can get involved with Man Talks
[30:55] The teachings, activities, and experiences that Connor delivers at Man Talks
[36:57] Connor’s awesome wife and her family therapy practice
Listen to Connor's podcast, Man Talks
Follow Connor on Instagram (@mantalks)
Watch Connor's TED Talk, "The Mask of Masculinity"