Our blog post on men’s lack of emotional development by my colleague, the social therapist and psychiatrist Dr. Hugh Polk, sparked a very rich dialogue — thank you to those who commented. We’re following up by sharing some concrete work done in social therapy groups on how men and women relate to each other. Here’s Dr. Polk again:
Christine LaCerva, Director
Social Therapy Group
In social therapy groups, the therapist and the group members work to create an environment / conversation in which men and women together can work to develop emotionally. All of our groups are diverse — women and men, multiracial, gay and straight, different ages (adults, that is — we also have groups for children and families) and with people having a wide variety of emotional difficulties. The following is a rough transcript of a segment of the conversation that took place one evening. The names have been changed, of course, and I’ve called the therapist “Mark.” At the end I’ve added some comments of my own.