Lecture by Martin Seager & John Barry: What do men and women say they want from therapy? Results of a recent survey of 350 men and women led by Louise Liddon. Continue reading “Lecture: What do men and women say they want from therapy?”
John Barry presented for the British Psychological Society’s ‘Psychology in the Pub’ at the Tavern Bar in Plymouth on 16th of March 2017. Continue reading<span class="screen-reader-text"> "Are Psychologists doing enough to help Men and Boys? Psychology at the Pub"</span>
When a child rejects a parent with whom they had a prior loving, good-enough relationship – too often no-one seeks to answer the question “Why?”
John Barry, Male Psychology Network
The phenomenon of ingroup favouritism and outgroup bias is a cornerstone of social psychology. The strength of such biases vary by group e.g. it is well-established that higher-status groups invoke more ingroup bias (e.g. Nosek et al, 2002). Men in general (historically and cross-culturally) have higher status than women in the public realm (politics, finance etc), so one would expect that male identity invokes a high level of ingroup bias. However research shows that – uniquely in social identity theory – male identity, unlike female identity, invokes no significant ingroup bias (e.g. Richeson & Ambady, 2001).
By Jenny Young
My PhD study explores what it is like to be a man and care for a partner due to their cancer diagnosis. However, it took some twists and turns through the literature before I decided to focus solely on the male perspective.
So what’s your research about?’
‘Gender differences in preferences for therapy’.
‘Oh, you mean like how women want to talk about their feelings and men just want a quick solution?’
My interest in male psychology began when I was the only woman working with a crew engaged in salvage diving: divers, deckhands, researcher and ship’s cook. That was before I trained as a psychologist.
What impressed me most about that experience was the way in which the men depended on one another...
Steve Jones (2016). Lonely Boy: tales from a Sex Pistol. London: William Heinemann.
Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols is renowned for three things: being a Sex Pistol, being a prolific thief, and sleeping with a sizable proportion of the women he met. So when I saw in the media that Steve Jones was publishing an autobiography, I was surprised that the headline focused on him being a victim of child sex abuse.
2016 has been a fantastic year for us so we thought we would take a moment to look back at some of the highlights and then look ahead. Continue reading “The Male Psychology Network wishes you a Happy New Year!”