Men and Boys

A compassionate man courageously cares for himself and others.

The mission of the Men and Boys Compassion Initiative (MBCI) is to educate both professionals and the public about what defines a strong, compassionate man, while also promoting compassion towards and from men and boys. We focus on elevating the caring and sharing aspects of being male, while also minimizing the dominating and callous ones.

“There must be a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of compassion because compassion is very powerful…Compassion protects us more than guns, bombs, and money.” – Thich Nhat Thahn


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Essential Reading

Books on compassion for men and boys

I Don’t Want to Talk about It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
The Collected Wisdom of Fathers
Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection
The Evolved Nest: Nature’s Way of Raising Children and Creating Connected Communities
The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives
The Good Father: On Men, Masculinity, and Life in the Family
Better Boys, Better Men: The New Masculinity That Creates Greater Courage and Emotional Resiliency
The Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health
Reinventing masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion And Connection
Of Boys and Men
Dying to be men: Psychosocial, environmental, and Biobehavioral Directions in promoting the health of men and boys
The Masculinity Workbook for Teens: Discover What Being a Guy Means to You
Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love
Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies that Work and Why


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