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Some men struggle talking with others, especially other men, about their feelings, experiences, and struggles. There can be fear or hesitation that opening up, especially to another man will expose one’s failure because they were not able to hold it together and “man up.” Others may relate sharing their feelings and “being emotional” as something only women do and therefore do not talk. However, sharing one’s struggles is not specific to those who identify as female but rather it is a human quality. 

Opening up and exposing the man behind the façade is a sign of strength. You do not have to deal with issues alone and hold it all in.  In fact, when you share your concerns or challenges with others it can strengthen relationships and improve your mental health.

Watch the video to hear a group of men from actors, models, athletes, and CEO’s discuss more about traditional masculinity and why men don’t talk.