is a professor and psychologist at California State University, Northridge. He is a featured therapist in the APA video series of counseling and psychotherapy with men. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and past President of Division 51, the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.
Men often find that the demands and pressures in their life can be all-consuming and overwhelming. Besides being physically unhealthy, these pressures can take a toll on one’s spirit and soul. Self-care becomes an afterthought, and self-compassion — the ability to treat and understand oneself with respect and kindness — becomes elusive at best. Many men aspire to a balanced life, but simply do not know where to start. Self-compassion can be a powerful inner resource that enables men to address the challenges of life while building a healthy relationship with themselves.