Understanding the ‘Father Wound’: How It Impacts Our Boys and Men

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.

This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise more resilient children and how to become a more skillful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources available to parents, including alternative ones.

We hope that you’ll follow this important series. Mental health advocate Heather Juergensen hosts the interviews, each of which introduces you to an interesting guest speaking on a subject of importance to parents. We hope that you enjoy this series, benefit from it, and decide to alert other parents to its existence!

Today’s guest is Jed Diamond, PhD. Jed is a licensed psychotherapist with a doctorate in International Health and a master’s degree in social welfare.  A widely-recognized pioneer in the field of gender medicine and men’s health, Jed has written dozens of books including My Distant Dad: Healing the Family Father Wound, The Warrior’s Journey Home: Healing Men, Healing the Planet, and The Irritable Male Syndrome.

His work has been featured in major newspapers throughout the United States such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he has been featured on more than 1,000 radio programs and T.V. programs including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, the Today Show and CNN-360 with Anderson CooperHe also created a nationally televised special for PBS on Male MenopauseJed’s passion and mission is to help men live authentically, love deeply and well and make a positive difference in the world.  You can find him at www.menalive.com.

Links of Interest:

Jed Diamond’s Website

My Distant Dad: Healing the Family Father Wound

Jed’s story of going on retreat with his grandson

Call to Adventure: A Rite of Passage Retreat

Parenting Today is produced by Heather Juergensen and Eric Maisel.  To learn more about our individual work, please visit Eric Maisel at http://www.ericmaisel.com and Heather Juergensen at www.thestrongwoman.net. If you’re enjoying this series and find it useful, please tell other parents about it. To learn more about the series please visit https://parentingtoday.me/ and join our community!


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