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The Boy Crisis : Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It - Warren Farrell

The Boy Crisis

Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

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What is the boy crisis?

It's a crisis of education.
For the first time in American history, our sons will have less education than their dads.

It's a crisis of mental health.
As boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It's a crisis of sexuality.
Sex is a minefield for our sons. They're bombarded with mixed messages, afraid of being either too sensitive or not sensitive enough.

It's a crisis of fathering.
Boys with less-involved fathers are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It's a crisis of purpose.
Boys' old senses of purposes, being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner, are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a 'purpose void', feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification. Compounding this issue are addicting video games that lead to distraction and ADHD.

So, what is The Boy Crisis?
A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policy-makers can do to renew our sons' sense of purpose to help them become men, fathers, and leaders worthy of our respect.

About the Author

Dr. Warren Farrell is the author of books published in 17 languages. They include two award-winning international best-sellers: Why Men Are The Way They Are plus The Myth of Male Power. Warren has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world's top 100 thought leaders. Dr. Farrell is currently the Chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men. He is the only man in the U.S. to have been elected three times to the Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York City. He started more than 300 men and women's groups, including ones joined by men from John Lennon to John Gray. Dr. Farrell has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, TODAY, and Good Morning America, and been the subject of features on 20/20, in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, People, Parade, and The New York Times.

Dr. John Gray is the author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. USA Today listed Mars/Venus as number six among the most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the number one bestselling nonfiction book of the nineties. John Gray's books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries. Dr. Gray's more recent books include Mars and Venus in the Bedroom, Why Mars and Venus Collide, and Work With Me (with Barbara Annis). John has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, etc. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, TV Guide, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

Introduction
My Personal Journey into The Boy Crisis

PART I: Is There Really a Boy Crisis?
1 The Crisis of Our Sons' Mental Health

2 The Crisis of Our Sons' Physical Health

3 The Crisis of Our Sons' Economic Health

4 The Crisis of Our Sons' Education

5 The Crisis of Our Sons Worldwide

6 Why Are We So Blind to the Boy Crisis?

PART II: Why the Boy Crisis Isn't Your Fault
7 The Boy Crisis: A Problem Created by a Solution

PART III: The Purpose Void
8 The Path-to-Purpose Generation Gap
The Power of Purpose
"I never thought you cared enough to ask."
Your Son's Unconscious Wisdom Can a "Real Man" Transition from Provider-Protector to Nurturer-Connector?

9 The "Hero Paradox": Value Yourself by Not Valuing Yourself
A Hero with a Thousand Faces The Sirens of Social Bribes
Social bribes: Mom, men, the media, the military
The Catch-22 of Your Son-as-Hero

10 Why Do More Marriages Fail in Countries That Succeed?
The father's catch-22 The Era of the Multi-Option Mom and the No-Option Dad How Did Our Daughters Avoid the Purpose Void?"Sorry, It's a Boy"

11 How Raising Our Sons Successfully in the Past Differs from Raising Our Sons Successfully for Their Future
Making Money Versus Making a Difference How to Guide Different Boys Toward Different Senses of Purpose Our Sons' New Sense of Purpose: The Hero's Journey to Emotional Intelligence Son-Dropping

12 Raising a Balanced Son in an Out-of-Balance World
What Happened to Pick-Up Team Sports?Helping Your Son Find His "Edge"Filling Your Son's Purpose Void: Your Son as Hero

PART IV: Dad-Deprived Boys vs. Dad-Enriched Boys
13 Dad-Deprived Boys
Boys Who Hurt, Hurt Us
The Lost Boys: Mass shooters ISIS: A gang of dad-deprived boys?
Bio Dad: The Discovery of the Dad Brain Careers Are for Now; Children Are Forever The Absence of Dad Creates the Presence of Government

14 Why Are Dads So Important?
Let Me Count the Ways

15 Rediscovering Dad
The Generation of the Dad Rich Versus the Dad Poor When Does Dad Begin to Matter?Stepdad or Bio Dad: Does it Make a Difference?

16 What Dads Do Differently
Boundary Enforcement (Versus Boundary Setting)Exploring Nature, Taking Risks Rough housing: Dad as a Rough, Tough Cream Puff"Teachable Moments": A Little Pain for a Lot of Gain Challenging the Kids' Limits Hangout Time Teasing: Emotional Intelligence Training, Dad-Style?The Conditional or Hierarchical Dad The Worrier and the Warrior: The Checks and Balances of Parenting

17 In the Case of Divorce . . . The Four "Must-Dos"

18 The Father Warrior: Why Fathering Will Be a New Male Sense of Purpose
com: The Father Warrior Meets the Have-It-All Woman If Men Get Paid More, Is It Realistic for a Dad to Be the Primary Parent?

19 DAD: Discrimination Against Dads
"It Doesn't Feel Right When I See Them Together"Moms Have the Right to Children, Dads Have to Fight for Children How Did Father Knows Best Become Father Knows Less?Guiding Your Son to "Make a Difference"

20 The Best Parent is Both Parents, But . . .
The Best "Parent" is an Attitude Shift
Fighting in front of the kids No one asked why the men were drinking Cheap fun for dad and son Dad-inspiring movies
When the Best "Parent" Cannot Be Both Parents
The Cub Scouts and character Mentoring and rite-of-passage programs Grandfather time When the biological father is missing, can God the Father help?
21 From "Cultural Shrug" to Cultural Shift
Kill Today, Love Tomorrow: The Military Dad Dilemma From Father's Dime to Father's Time The Government: As Problem, as Solution
Creating a White House Council on Boys and Men
Our Dads, Our Sons, Our Guns

22 Creating Dad-Enriched Families

PART V: Heroic Intelligence Versus Health Intelligence
23 Heroic Intelligence Versus Health Intelligence
Biologically, Girls Just Live Longer, Right?Social Bribes: Hollywood-Heroic Health Versus Mental and Physical Health
Does the new heroine mean your son won't have to risk his life for her love?
Health Intelligence Inventory Boys' Weakness as Their Facade of Strength Your Son's Body, Not His Choice
"First and ten, concussion again!"My son wants to join the military. Is this good news or bad news?
Your Son's Body, Your Son's Choice: Resisting the Sirens of Social Bribes

24 Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health
The Barriers to a Boy's Emotional Intelligence Behind Your Son's Mask
"I'm fine . . . Just leave me alone."Helping your son take risks in life without risking his life
How Heroic Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence Play Out in Everyday Life
Moving to better neighborhoods helps girls and hurts boys The bully and the bullied Helping both the bully and the bullied
Eighteen Steps Toward Integrating Emotional and Physical Health Intelligence into Heroic Intelligence

25 Reversing Depression, Preventing Suicide
Causes of Suicide
Women cry, men die If no human doing, no human being Suicide is contagious
Diagnosing Danger: The Warren Farrell Male Depression/Suicide Inventory (WFMDI)Preventing Suicide

26 Hidden Hazards to Your Son's Health
The "Sperm Crisis": To Be, or Not to Be Drinking and Drugs The Unholy Trinity: Obesity, Diabetes, and Erectile Dysfunction

27 From Hurt People Hurting People to Healed People Healing People
Refilling the Empathy Void Couples' Communication: Your Children's Best Inheritance

PART VI: ADHD: Treatment With or Without Medication
28 The New Neural Crisis
A New Spin on ADHD

29 The Four Faces of ADHD

30 The Many Causes of ADHD
Addressing the Cause to Heal the Brain

31 Natural Solutions to Restore Dopamine Function

32 Natural Supplements for Better Brain Performance

Conclusion
Your Mission: Guiding Your Son to Discover His Mission Extending Gender Liberation to Dads From Cultural Shrug to Cultural Mission: A Gender Liberation Movement

Appendix A: Family Dinner Night: The Five Essentials
Appendix B: The Boy Crisis List: The Benefits of Dad, the Dangers of Dad Deprivation
Bibliography

Acknowledgments
About the Authors

ISBN: 9781942952718
ISBN-10: 1942952716
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 13th March 2018
Publisher: BenBella Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.9 x 23.6  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.73