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Dissolving Toxic Masculinity with Thomas B. Haller

October 11, 2018

Aired Thursday, 11 October 2018, 7:00 PM ET

Dissolving Toxic Masculinity with Thomas B. Haller

Our society is riddled with men behaving badly. Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and misogyny run rampant throughout society, government, the work place, and indeed every facet of life. In his book Dissolving Toxic Masculinity, psychotherapist, award-winning author, and child, adolescent and couples’ therapist, Thomas Haller, writes “the societal standards dictating that men be strong, unemotional, aggressive, and dominant over women have created toxic masculinity. These social standards have an influence on the development of our sons, and if we leave it up to someone else to teach them about masculinity, we greatly increase the potential for their growing up to be chauvinistic, misogynistic, bigoted men who believe they are none of those things.”

Topics will include:

• Why repeated use of the words “makes me” or “made me” has contributed to the rise of toxic masculinity
• How we can teach our boys to not be judgmental
• Why empathy deficits at home contribute to toxic masculinity and how we can change
• Which myths about sex and sexuality that urgently need dispelling
• Consent – what constitutes it, what does not, and how to teach boys the difference… and more…

THOMAS B. HALLER, MDiv., LMSW, ACSW, CMFSW, DST is an internationally recognized presenter, an award-winning author of nine highly acclaimed books, and a psychotherapist maintaining a 30-year private practice as a child, adolescent, and couples’ therapist. He is a Certified Master Forensic Social Worker, an AASECT certified diplomate of sexuality therapy, and a certified sports counselor. Thomas has been working in radio and television for the past fifteen years answering viewer’s parenting and relationship questions live on air. He has had a weekly Family Matters segments on WIOG, WCRZ and WNEM TV5, and has been a featured guest on Oprah Radio, Playboy Radio, and the World Puja Network.

Thomas is the founder and director of the Healing Minds Institute, a center devoted to teaching others to focus on and enhance the health of the mind, body, and spirit. He is the president of Personal Power Press, Inc., a publishing house committed to providing parents and educators with practical material for raising responsible children. Thomas and his wife, Valerie, maintain a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Healing Acres, an equine retirement ranch enabling aged horses to live out their lives in a low-stress environment.