Author, Therapist Redefines 21st Century Masculinity in New Book

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Dr. Hanalei Vierra lays bare society’s traditional notions of ‘manliness’ in step-by-step guide

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The lack of emotional honesty that many men have been taught to embrace as a form of manliness has also served as the foundation for patriarchal ideologies that advocate misogyny, sexism, racism and homophobia.

A San Diego marriage and family therapist specializing in men’s relationships has released a step-by-step guide to achieving healthy masculinity. In his new book, “The True Heart of a Man,” Dr. Hanalei Vierra challenges traditional notions of masculinity and identifies how the current limited emotional standard for men cripples them in their relationships with others and themselves.

In his book, Vierra cites a lack of emotional awareness, often instilled at an early age, in men as a key issue that fosters cultural myths about what is considered “manly.”

“The lack of emotional honesty that many men have been taught to embrace as a form of manliness has also served as the foundation for patriarchal ideologies that advocate misogyny, sexism, racism and homophobia,” Vierra said. “At a personal level, I am strongly motivated to convey this message to the world because I have lived my own life in the ‘jail cell of ignorance’ that traditional masculinity sentences men to on a daily basis.”

“The True Heart of a Man” calls for all men to band together and redefine 21st century masculinity to include the courage and strength that comes from emotional maturity. A simple, therapeutic resource, the book offers men a guided expedition toward personal transformation in a way that will also deepen and expand their definition of masculine identity.

“The True Heart of a Man: How Healthy Masculinity Will Transform Your Life, Your Relationships, and the World”
By Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-1-504-34653-5 (hardback); 978-1-504-34651-1 (paperback); 978-1-504-34652-8 (electronic)
Available at the Balboa Press Online Bookstore and Amazon

About the author
Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping men free themselves from the confines of traditional masculinity in order to embrace emotional honesty and true intimacy. Vierra, who is native Hawaiian, is currently in private practice in San Diego, where he lives with his wife of 21 years and their daughter. To learn more, please visit http://www.hanaleivierra.com.

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