ERIC Number: EJ1058509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Men in the Triangle: Grief, Inhibition, and Defense
Clayton, Robert E.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v29 n2 p94-110 2015
Inhibition of emotional experience is a widely acknowledged characteristic of many Western-raised men. While this affective inhibition may impact men chronically in many ways, it becomes particularly salient when men are bereaved or otherwise grieving and are unable fully to experience normative emotional responses to loss. This article briefly examines some psychosocial developmental underpinnings of men's affective suppression that have been hypothesized by psychoanalytic theorists, and moves on to suggest an approach for helping grieving men reestablish contact with emotional experience. Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT)--a family of approaches that attends to underlying or core affect, the anxiety it provokes in clients, and the defensive maneuvers they use to avoid the anxiety-provoking affect--is introduced and described operationally. The article concludes with specific sample interventions grounded in EDT for helping grieving young men gain access to a full range of affect.
Descriptors: Males, Grief, Inhibition, Emotional Experience, Individual Development, Psychotherapy, Anxiety, Defense Mechanisms
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