Do you have a confidant? someone you trust and can be real with? someone that you can freely share your fears, thoughts, ideas, challenges and triumphs with?
For many men, that person is their wife or girlfriend, which is fine, but most women want to know that they’re not the only person that their man can turn to. And besides, who do you turn to when the challenges arise with her? So maybe you also have a close male friend you can speak freely with, which is also great. But the problem is, they’re not always available, and when you do speak to them, you’re only getting one person’s perspective.
One of the greatest benefits of a Men’s Group is having multiple people that you can reach out to, share with, and get feedback from. And not just whilst in Men’s Group, but at any time, there’s immense solace knowing that I can put the call out to the men in my group and know that someone will be there to listen, to guide me, or to give me the kick up the ass that I knew I needed.
Another great benefit during a Men’s Group is receiving multiple perspectives on the issues I’ve shared. I may not agree with every bit of feedback I get, but I know that at least one man will tell me what i need to hear, or provide an insight that makes a real difference.
Finally, the power of a group lies in being able to listen to and learn from other men’s experiences. Over the years our group has had single men, married men, divorced men, men with children, men without children, gay men, older men, younger men, men who work in a variety of fields, religious men, and men who were brought up in vastly different cultures to my own. Consequently, I have no doubt that participating in a Men’s Group has helped me to deepen my understanding about and to interact more effectively with ALL men – in my family, friends, and at work.