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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (753 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Pollack Narrator: William Pollack Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After more than two decades of research at Harvard Medical School, clinical psychologist William Pollack concludes that our sons are in trouble. In this provocative study, as he examines the causes of this crisis, Dr. Pollack offers ways we can help boys grow up into healthy adults. Just as Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia offers hope for troubled adolescent girls, Real Boys is an invaluable work.

An unwritten “Boy Code” perpetuates the myths that boys are driven by testosterone and other uncontrollable forces and that boys are inherently dangerous. As a result of these beliefs, boys are taught to conceal their emotions from others, keep their distance in relationships, and be tough. Dr. Pollack’s book offers healthier attitudes to replace this damaging Code. As Dr. Pollack discusses each of the myths of boyhood, he uses case studies to show how we can help boys understand and deal with such issues as anger, sexuality, peer pressure, and self-image.

New York Times bestseller, Real Boys provides critical information that everyone should have.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Parents will be able to identify with [Pollack'’s] easy manner and will appreciate his sensible advice for helping their sons remove the mask.”


  • “Pollack has been thinking hard about the contemporary masculine condition for over a decade…Real Boys is a thoughtful step in clearing the ideological air.”

    Richard A. Hawley, New England Journal of Medicine

  • “Just as Reviving Ophelia opened our eyes to the challenges faced by adolescent girls, Real Boys helps us hear and respond to the needs of growing boys.”

    Judith Jordan, Harvard Medical School

  • “A thoughtful and sensitive discussion of contemporary American boyhood.”

    Dr. Robert Coles, author of The Moral Intelligence of Children

  • “Lucidly written…Enlightening and stimulating.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley Wayman | 2/16/2014

    " For so long, Doctors have examined the interworkings and complexitites of women in an attempt to describe their behaviors within society. While such documentation has proven to be indightful, "Real Boys" takes a rare (and rather in-depth) inventory into the innate social, phisiological and behavioral dispositions of young men. Very interesting and entirely relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 2/1/2014

    " Anyone who has any interaction with boys or men should read this book; it will change the way you think about masculinity and gender socialization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suzanne | 2/1/2014

    " We are doing a great disservice to our sons with some of the cultural expectations we place on them. This book compassionately explains many of the problems boys face in our society and what we can do to help. I grew up with all sisters and didn't have a lot of experience with boys and men until I married. This book has helped me understand my husband and son better. I especially liked the explanation of active love and how boys and girls express closeness differently at times. I hope it's helped me be more understanding and able to connect with the guys in my life. I guess my son and husband would have to be the judge of that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Valerie | 1/31/2014

    " I learned a lot about boys, which is good since I have two. Another must for parents, educators and those interested by being male or having to deal with those who are. "

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