5 Guys Talking About Manhood

I’m very excited and honored to have been the first guest invited to be part of the Good Men Project Google Hangout on April 11, 2013!

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The five man video chat covered topics ranging from men and relationships, to mission and life purpose, to the differences between the first and second half of a man’s life. Please watch/listen to the Good Men Project Hangout and share your thoughts with me about it. I guarantee it will be stimulating!

Don’t Wait For The New Year, Start Now!

changeDon’t Wait For The New Year, Start Now!

Most of us wait until the “New Year” to reassess our lives and state new plans, intentions and “resolutions” for our lives. Yes, it’s a time when there is general consensus that this is a good thing to do, yet why wait?

If you want to create change in your life, why wait? NOW is the only time that you can make change, whether that NOW happens to occur today, tomorrow or on the first of January. The only thing that creates change is creating change: in the mind, the heart, the body. It starts with intention and completes with follow through. And it begins NOW!

The purpose of this post [Read more…]

Is The “New Macho” A Good Model For Healthy Masculinity?

new machoIs The “New Macho” A Good Model For Healthy Masculinity?

As I’ve said in previous posts (Mankind Project, Men’s Work), I’m a big fan of the Mankind Project (MKP).  MKP has shared a great piece offering a great working definition of the “New Macho” as a model for the “New Masculinity”.

It is a wonderful launching point for discussions about what makes for healthy masculinity and what qualities we want to embody and express.  I’m presenting it to you below and hope that it will inspire you and that you will share it with your friends, family and tribe.

The New Macho

He cleans up after himself.
He cleans up the planet.
He is a role model for young men.
He is rigorously honest and fiercely optimistic.

He holds himself accountable.
He knows what he feels.
He knows how to cry and he lets it go.
He knows how to [Read more…]

What Makes A Man After Fifty Sexy? Guest Blog By Sandy Weiner

sandy weinerWhat Makes A Man After Fifty Sexy? Guest Blog By Sandy Weiner

When I was in my twenties, I couldn’t imagine associating the word ‘sexy’ with anyone over thirty. Over fifty? Gross! My perspective certainly has shifted now that I’m in my fifties and dating again after divorce. I feel sexier and happier than ever before. And I have dated many men who are quite sexy into their fifties and sixties. They certainly don’t need to look like George Clooney, who comes up as the sexiest man over fifty in a Google search. So, what makes men over fifty sexy?

1. Confidence, Confidence, Confidence! I believe that the number one quality that makes a man sexy at any age is self-confidence. A man over fifty has [Read more…]

When You Breakup, Who Gets To Keep The Naked Pictures?

who keeps the picsWhen You Break Up, Who Gets To Keep The Naked Pictures?

In this world of Facebook, Twitter, texting and especially SEXTING, it seems like there are quite a few unspoken protocols to master.

While I have had the exciting opportunity to have been gifted with a few incredibly sexy photos of some incredible women in my past, I have always been a gentleman about keeping them secure and private and would never even consider exploiting any of them or misusing them.  That consciousness might be part of why I received these pics in the first place.

However, having recently returned to the dating scene, I find that the unspoken rules have perhaps changed or are at least being verbalized differently.  The blonde goddess who wouldn’t share food, DID share a few anatomically correct pics with me (for more about this, see my article, Do YOU Have Control Issues, I KNOW I Do!).

In fact, [Read more…]

I LOVE Women Over 40!

women over 40I LOVE Women Over 40!

I’ve got to confess: I LOVE women over forty!  I know you’ll think I’m a freak for defying my evolutionary instincts and not joining the rest of the boring crowd in going for the hot, anorexic, airbrushed, implanted girls in vogue these days.  Feel free to mock me if you’d like.

Pretty much, I have always loved them.  I love ALL women, it’s just how I roll, but over forty – the BEST!  I’ve had sex with them, I’ve married them, I’ve had children with them – NOT necessarily in that order!

As a psychologist, analytically I can trace it back to my mother issues.  Like Freud might have said, “If it’s not one thing, it’s your MOTHER!”

Mine was strong, independent, and had a crazy sex life [Read more…]

Midlife Crisis: Marry Your Yoga Teacher?

marry your yoga teacherMidlife Crisis: Marry Your Yoga Teacher?

The idea of the midlife crisis is certainly something that we men face at some point in our lives, usually in our forties or fifties, making it a very important subject for the Men After Fifty  blogsite.

As we enter and begin to face the second half of our lives, we men have the opportunity to face our mortality and this brings up existential issues.  What have I accomplished in my life?  What do I have YET to accomplish?  What might I NEVER accomplish?  What will I leave behind?  What kind of person have I been and what kind of person do I WANT to be?  Does my life have meaning?

Some men “act out” on the way to facing these questions and we have the stereotypes of men buying the red convertible, having affairs, getting involved with younger women, perhaps all of the above.  And you can also marry your yoga teacher!

Now I’ve never met Alec Baldwin nor his lovely yoga teacher bride and [Read more…]

Can We Balance Warrior and Lover in Relationship?

Can We Balance Warrior And Lover?Can We Balance Warrior and Lover in Relationship?

While assisting a recent Tantra workshop, I experienced the strong difference in my body between when I embody the Warrior and when I embody the Lover archetypes.  It was SO pronounced and uncomfortable a difference, I felt the need to write more about it and how it might impact us all in our relationships and in our lives.  If you are unfamiliar with these terms, I give a very basic explanation of the four masculine archetypes in my post, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Four Mature Masculine Archetypes.

Of course, during a Tantra workshop I expected to open up my heart, be fully in my body and to activate the Lover archetype.  Not exactly an earth shattering epiphany, now is it?  I felt open, loving, spiritual, connected, soft, vulnerable and available.

However, as an assistant of the workshop, I also had responsibilities to see that a safe environment was set for the participants.  Unfortunately there were a few snafus with logistics at the ocean view hotel we stayed at.  To take care of these issues, I had to put on my Warrior armor.  “This is DOCTOR Sheck, I’d like to speak to the hotel manager, …”

Immediately I could feel a different energy move through me.   [Read more…]

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Four Mature Masculine Archetypes

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Four Mature Masculine Archetypes

My purpose in this post is to give a context to other articles I am writing on the Men After Fifty blogsite for those men unfamiliar with the concepts of the masculine archetypes.  It is by no means comprehensive. It is simply a “quick and dirty” summary of the four mature masculine archetypes set forth in King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette.

The concept of archetypes was developed by Dr. Carl Jung, a pioneering psychiatrist of the twentieth century.  The archetypes are “innate, universal, psychic dispositions”.  This is a fancy way to say that deep inside each of us, are these psychological instincts which provide us with potential paths to express different aspects of our lives.

Just as physically we have inside us the capacity for language, waiting to be stimulated by our environment, we have these psychological capacities as well.  We have the seeds insides ourselves for expressing our masculinity, our femininity, our capacity for parenting, for organizing into a society and for so much more. [Read more…]

Should A Man Be The Man On The First Date?

should a man be the man?Should A Man Be The Man On The First Date?

Having recently reentered the dating pool, I am reexamining (a lot of “re’s” in this post) the rules for dating.  I’m wondering if in the year 2012 we a truly an egalitarian society or if we even really want to be, at least when it comes to dating?

As a “man after fifty”, I was raised to view women in a certain way and instructed to open doors, pull out chairs, stand up when a lady enters the room, etc.  And of course, it was also inherent to pay for the first date, and many more dates to come.  And as the father of an eighteen year old daughter, I have done my best to be conscious of how she viewed me treating women in an effort to model how I’d like her to be treated by men, so that she would have an expectation of being treated well, with respect and dignity.

And yet as my daughter was becoming a young lady and beginning to date, I also felt sorry for the teenage boys who had to pay $30 minimum  for a movie and dinner and that was cheap (I also felt for their parents who subsidized this).  To my daughter at least, going “dutch” seemed reasonable given no one that age really had that kind of money consistently.  Of course, sometimes they snuck into the movies through the back door 🙂

So, I wondered what the latest positions were on this in the “grownup” world.  Doing a little bit of Internet research, I noticed a 2009 [Read more…]