is a professor of counseling and co-director and founder of the Center for Boys and Men at California State University, Fullerton. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, he specializes in educating helping professionals about the mental-health needs of men.
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.