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Masculinity is in crisis! It's time to rethink it. We need aspirational and inspirational leadership that supports me individually, in the family and in business.

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  • 1 MAKING GOOD MEN GREAT by Gunter Swoboda, MAPS
  • 2 Whats ailing MEN?
  • THE SURVIVAL STAKES Nearly one third of boys die before birth (Wilson et al., 1992). ! More boys than girls die of birth disorders and diseases in infancy ! Boys show greater susceptibility to family stress, especially in the development of conduct disorders, and they continue to be more susceptible to both physical and psychological problems throughout the lifespan (Wilson et al., 1992). ! Aged 12 to 24 years there are three male deaths to every one female death, with accidents and suicide accounting for most of this difference (Moon, Meyer, Grau, 2000). ! By the age of 65, females in Australia outnumber males by 25 per cent, and by the age of 85 females outnumber males by 50 per cent (ABS, 2006). 3
  • SOME OF THE ISSUES Changes in roles and expectations of men. Changes in life expectancy and the impact on later life. Lack of awareness and understanding of the health issues men face. Men do not openly discussing their health and how theyre feeling Reluctance to take action when men dont feel physical or mentally well. Men engage in risky activities that threaten their health Stigmas surrounding mental health. 4
  • WHAT ABOUT YOUNG MEN? nearly one in five young men in the past 12 months have felt that life is hardly worth living, nearly one in 10 young men have thought about taking their own life, unemployment and moderate to very high levels of psychological distress predict suicidal thoughts and behaviour, 42 percent of young men experiencing psychological distress. For every woman who commits suicide, three men die. 5
  • 6 We are surviving.
  • 7 But we are not thriving.
  • 8 We need to rethink Masculinity.
  • TRADITIONAL: territorial hierarchical acquisitional competitive 9
  • ALIGNED: inclusive democratic distributive co-operative 10
  • WHAT DO I MEAN BY ALIGNED? The integration or harmonisation of physiology, psychology, values, behaviour, desires, beliefs etc. in an individual and within relationships. 11
  • 12 Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. Being a Gentleman (Great Man) is a matter of choice. Vin Diesel
  • 13 What are the choices I need to make?
  • THE GOALS ARE: emotional regulation behavioural flexibility physical and emotional resilience 14
  • 15 Focus Relationship Values Wellbeing Inspiration Aligned Co-operation Communication Aspirational Respect Engagement Attached Love Action Anxious Emotional Vulnerability Tension Ambivalent Emotional Courage Unaware Absent Awareness THE RELATIONSHIPS MODEL
  • 4 Spheres of Masculine Evolution 16 Physical: Live healthy. Mind-ful: Be rational, reflective and resilient. Authentic: Be emotionally courageous to be emotionally vulnerable. Soul-ful: Be wise. Evolved to: Physical Soul-ful The Great Man Mind-ful Authentic
  • Living in Alignment 17 Psychological Social Physical Good Physical Health: Nutrition, Exercise, Relaxation, Sleep Think well and Feel well. Relationships that are attached, aspirational, and aligned. Having purpose, meaning and intention. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.Spiritual
  • 18 We need a Curriculum for change.
  • 20 We need a NETWORK for support.
  • THE NETWORK: Groups for Men by Men 21
  • 22 Gunter is a psychologist, speaker, author, mentor, coach and facilitator with over three decades of counselling and organisational development experience. His passion for people, philosophy and psychology has allowed him to forge a curriculum to assist his clients to move beyond simply surviving in this world and to learn how to truly thrive within it. ! ! In a world where the demands on the individual and the family has become more and more challenging, Gunters focus is on getting things back on track in three key areas: ! 1. Individually! 2. the family and! 3. at work. ! His expertise, experience and who he is as a person has benetted teenagers, young adults, and adults in overcoming serious psychological and social challenges, whilst the parents he has worked with have found a new sense of vision and purpose in raising their children through realigning their relationship with their child. ! Gunter has also been involved with small businesses as well as with large multinationals and public service organisations where he has provided executive and business coaching that has assisted many clients to achieve a high level of professional success.! ! In recent times, Gunters interest in mens health issues has led to him to develop the project Making Good Men Great that aims at helping men to rethink masculinity, provide a way to help men step away from an outmoded way of being, and become an inspiration to others. ! ! Personally, Gunter has been successfully married for the past twenty-ve years and has two adult children. He is a keen surfer, and when time allows likes to indulge his passion in percussion and creative writing. ! ! He is the author of a historical action/adventure novel Mountains of the Sea as well as short plays and stories.!
  • 23 Gunter O. Swoboda, MAPS! Psychologist, Author, Speaker, Mentor & Consultant! Swoboda & Associates Pty. Ltd.! 1801 Pittwater Road! Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW 2103, Australia! +61 2 9999 0429! +1 0412 371 503! ! ! Email: [email protected]