Read the book that inspired the creation of this blog: Afghan Hearts & Minds

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cry Some More, Men

When reading Afghan Hearts & Minds, I found instances that indicated that Afghan men and American men have similar repressed emotions when associated with crying. Both of the societies promote the idea that a man who cries is weak. This could be caused by constant war, or the concept of obtaining a sense of ruggedness.

Either way, this repressed emotion can explain much of the violence that is widespread in both countries. When men hold back these emotions, it can result in violence in compensation.

The key to remove the violence in both of these countries may to be to allow men to express their emotions more acutely and openly.

Here is article that goes in detail in about men's crying as compared to women's crying:

1 comment:

  1. This does seem like plausible answer to conflict, despite its real lack of scientific evidence. To change a societal way of thinking about expressing emotion is extremely difficult to do - but it is a worthy goal to accomplish.