By Ed Munter from the March/April issue of Awareness Magazine Where have all the heroes gone? What has happened to the models of manhood that stood as guiding symbols to our young men growing up? There was once a time when fathers represented leadership in a young man’s early development and heroes represented as models.
By Stephen Johnson, PH.D. As printed in Man!, Spring 1992, pp.10-11 “Mentor” first appears in Homer’s Odyssey as a loyal adviser of Odysseus who was entrusted with the care and education of Odysseus’ son, Telemachus. Throughout history, a mentor has been a wise and trusted counselor, usually at least 10 to 15 years older than
Is the love lost or just misplaced? By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. A lasting marriage does not necessarily mean it’s a happy marriage. We all know couples that have stayed together for the children or for a myriad of other reasons. But for many couples it’s not an option to just “do time” in a
By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. In the movie The Prince of Tides there was a particular scene that sticks out in my memory. The adult son, played by Nick Nolte, is standing on a pier with his aging, alcoholic father, who is baiting a fishhook. “You know, I love you,” Hurt says to his father.
Disconnected Dads, Confused Kids By Stephen Johnson, Ph.D. As printed in Whole Life Times, August 1993 Humanity is at the end of a double millennium. As it speeds toward the completion of its second thousand-year period of recorded history, the epic experiment known as civilization reveals certain bitter truths with which we must contend. It
Interview with Dr. Stephen Johnson by Chrysalis Hyon Throughout the country in different supportive settings, men are participating in workshops to come to terms with what it means to be a man today, and in the process renew their commitment to themselves, their community and planetary stewardship. Psychotherapist Stephen Johnson, Ph.D. is the founder and
By Sylvia Cary As printed in Men’s Fitness – October 1993 Nobody ever told John Wayne to get in touch with his feelings. Why are they telling you? For every man who says he’s evolved into a sensitive, caring being since the women’s movement rolled across the land, there are nine others who cringe at
By Stephen Johnson, PH.D. As Printed in Whole Life Times, August 1995, p.27 A few years ago one would have thought that the wave that was building under what had been touted as “the new men’s movement” would continue to grow and crest in some revolutionary form. The media had picked up on the phenomena
By T. Jesse Goff Yeah, we know: Even paranoids have real enemies. But you’re probably just a guy who frets too much. We have cures for you. We all recognize high-achieving Andy Anxious. A bundle of private insecurities despite his public success, Andy is sure that his five-year-old son despises him, that his wife loathes
An Interview with Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. The following is an interview with Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Men’s Center Los Angeles conducted in May of 1994 by Ellis Cose, a contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine. This interview was included in Mr. Cose’s book, A Man’s World: How Real Is Male Privilege