I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Terry Real’s _I Don’t Want to Talk About It_ discusses how men cope with the unique pressure of manhood in our society. Depression has emerged as a seemingly feminine trait, perhaps to the detriment of all. Men are supposed to swallow their emotions and perform. This suppression of emotion (which, by the way, also suppresses important information) is the basis of a covert depression. This situation manifests in grouchiness, snappiness, inflexibility, inability to separate stresses from work from family, and other similar undesirable traits often found in men. The way to overcome this condition, says Real, is to bring the depression to the surface (overt depression), grieve, and let it go.

Whether you are depressed or not, an awareness of this condition is invaluable in handling people (especially men) who are and may not know it (or want to know it). Knowing how covert depression is caused, perpetuated, and cured is invaluable in maintaining mental health. Real covers the issue thoroughly and clearly from every conceivable angle, from psychology to religion to literature. Not only is the information interesting from an intellectual point of view, it’s application is clearly shown.

This book is heartily recommended.

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