Men's Mental Health Checkup
Most of the available "mental health checkups" seem to be written for women; they appear in women's magazines, they ask about PMS, they ask about "husbands." Clearly, a checkup like this was not written with a man's needs in mind. Where are the mental health checkups for men?
Well, historically, society was not much help in looking after the mental needs of men. Men were expected to be Gary Cooper types: stoic, unflappable and always in control. Let's be realistic. We ALL have mental and emotional needs -- albeit different ones -- men, women and children alike. Men are finally acknowledged by society as having mental and emotional needs, so take care of your mental health!
Below are questions that characterize strong mental health when answered in the affirmative. They are by no means a thorough examination. If you have serious cause for concern about your mental wellbeing, be sure to seek outside help.
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, then the chances are good that you are in good mental shape. If you answered "no" to several questions, or feel concerned about a question that you answered "no" to, you should feel free to seek help.
Just the way it's hard to function day to day when you're not feeling physically well, it's also hard to function day to day when you're not feeling mentally or emotionally well. Spend time building up your psychological muscle and becoming strong mentally. Take care of yourself. Your mind is just as important as your body when it comes to happy, healthy living.
RECOMMENDED READING FROM THE PSYSTORE:
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine
by Robert L. Moore, Douglas Gillette
Our Price: $11.20
"Pioneering the men's movement, Jungian analyst Robert Moore and mythologist Douglas Gillette identify and define the four mature male archetypes--the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover--as well as the four immature patterns or negative, shadow aspects. " -- Synopsis
For a selection of books on this topic, visit the Psystore.