James Tobin, Ph.D.             

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The Weakened Masculinity of Modern Man: Revisiting Oedipus 

The Men's Group

In my opinion, it is an era of weakened masculinity.  Anecdotal evidence and scientific research suggest the presence of a large demographic of men who lack self-esteem, have difficulty forming and maintaining positive relationships, are poor decision-makers, resort to a variety of high-risk and maladaptive behaviors including internet pornography, substance abuse, and sex and work addiction, and harbor a general dissatisfaction with their quality of life.  Although Freud is viewed by many to be obsolete at this point in time, for me his perspective on the Oedipus myth provides a compelling psychological explication of the predicament of modern men.  In the next meeting of the Men's Group on Saturday, March 1, 2014, I will outline my understanding of Freud's interpretation of Oedipus, its ramifications for male psychological development, and its relevance to the contemporary problems of men.  What I have also discovered in my analysis of Oedipus is the emergence of a theory of male sexual addiction which centers on the man's compulsive attempt to proclaim his identity in the context of it never having existed.   

 

Avoiding Negative Relationship Dynamics: 

An Open Forum 

The Dating and Relationship Group 

In the last several meetings of the Dating and Relationship Group, I have presented material on repeating early developmental traumas in adult life, the tendency to project onto, and receive projections from, others, and our proclivity to resort to "attachment styles" that are outdated when bonding with romantic partners.  In our next meeting on Saturday, March 1, 12:00 to 1:15 PM, I would like to facilitate an open forum in which participants have the opportunity to raise questions about their own unique experiences - observations and responses will be offered by me and other participants.  I will also attempt to link what is discussed with concepts and ideas I have already introduced, in an effort to help my teachings sink in even further and solidify.  

 

If you plan to attend on Saturday, March 1, 2014, please RSVP to Dr. Tobin at 949-338-4388 or jt@jamestobinphd.com.  The Men's Group will meet at 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM noon, and the Dating and Relationship Group at 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM.  The fee is $25.00, and there is a limit of 12 people for each group.  The location is The Water Garden Business Center, 23421 South Pointe Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.  
James Tobin, Ph.D., PSY 22074 | 949-338-4388 | jt@jamestobinphd.com