Summary of our mission, values and principles
In August 2018 the British Psychological Society (BPS) announced that their members had voted for the creation of a Male Psychology Section of the BPS. In view of this we have updated and summarised our mission, values and principles:
- Recognition of the common humanity of men and women
- Promotion of Equity and Fairness for all
- Unity with Diversity and respect for gender differences as part of the human condition
- Gender inclusivity and complementarity e.g. we welcome female members and non-heterosexual men
- Improving understanding of and changing attitudes to men and boys through science and research
- Developing, providing and promoting better and more male-friendly services and responses
- Taking a positive approach to masculinity as a natural part of the human spectrum and using science to challenge judgmental or shame-based approaches such as “toxic masculinity”
- Helping women and girls by helping the men and boys they share their world with
- Using science and humanity to challenge gamma bias (e.g. ‘male gender blindness’ and the ‘gender empathy gap’) and other toxic attitudes to the male gender.
Male psychology is the study of the psychology of men and boys. The aim of the Male Psychology Network is to take a lead in promoting awareness, research and understanding of male psychology. This includes issues that predominantly effect men and boys, such as suicide, homelessness, addiction, imprisonment, and educational underachievement. The Male Psychology Network aims to expand our overall understanding of the full diversity of the human condition and enrich our understanding of men and women, both in their distinctions and in their common humanity. Understanding gender distinctions allows us to develop gender-appropriate psychological interventions, so that women can benefit from our activities too.
We believe that in order to overcome problems that affect mainly men, we must challenge male gender blindness and the gender empathy gap which lead people to overlook problems that impact men and boys. We believe that it is for the greater public good that every man feels confident that being a man will help him to engage in constructive activities and achieve positive things for himself, his family, and the wider community. Our wider aim is for men to be seen as a vital part of the structure of any successful society, playing a key role in family life and all aspects of society. We want men to accept themselves and others around them, and to strive towards a future that benefits them and their community.
The Male Psychology Network is a voluntary organisation which grew out of a meeting between psychologists Martin Seager, John Barry and Luke Sullivan on 12th Aug 2011. Being disillusioned with the failure of the the NHS and other institutions in recognising and helping with issues facing men and boys, they decided that rather than wait for something to happen, they would do something themselves. Thus began the Men's Mental Health Research Team, which completed a handful of studies between then and 2015. In Nov 2015 Martin and John created a new research group, the Male Psychology Research Team (MPRT) whose new volunteers (including Rico Fischer, Louise Liddon, Laura Middleton-Curran, Katie Holloway, and Tam Roper) have set a standard for research output for research volunteers that predicts a bright future for male psychology.
Biographies of members
John is one of the founders of the Male Psychology Network. After completing his PhD in psychological aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome, he joined University College London’s Institute for Women’s Health at the UCL Medical School in 2011. Since then he has published over 50 papers in various peer-reviewed journals, including in international-standard journals in gynaecology, cardiology and ophthalmology. Prompted by the considerable suicide rates among men and the establishment’s inertia in dealing with men’s mental health problems, in 2011 John led an independent research programme investigating the mental health needs of men and boys. John specialises in research methods (especially surveys and questionnaire development) and statistical analysis (e.g. meta-analysis, meta-regression), currently practices clinical hypnosis on a part-time basis and is an honorary lecturer with the Dept of Psychology, University College London. John is an advisor to the Royal Foundation for issues around men's mental health. Email
Martin is one of the founders of the Male Psychology Network. He is a consultant clinical psychologist and an adult psychotherapist. He is a clinician, lecturer, campaigner, broadcaster and activist on mental health issues. He has been an honorary consultant psychologist with the Central London Samaritans since 2006 and is also a member of the Mental Health Advisory Board of the College of Medicine. He did a regular slot on mental health for BBC Essex Radio (2003-2007) and BBC Radio Five Live (2007-2009). He set up an advisory group for the last Labour government on mental health issues. He has been an honorary lecturer in psychological therapies at UEL, UCL and Essex University/Tavistock Clinic and has also presented at many international, national and regional conferences on a variety of themes relating to mental health and psychological well-being. Martin is an advisor to the Royal Foundation for issues around men's mental health.