Our genome needs community. Our culture transformed from a tribal culture to an electronic culture in the course of 10,000 years. Our genes are still back in the tribe.
All the new research about how men are struggling is good—it brings attention to a growing problem. There are many solutions that get thrown at men from drugs to manning up. None of these work, let alone deal with the cause.
Over the last two decades of running and supporting men’s groups we discovered that when men have a safe group, they will recreate the essence of the tribe.
To better understand the importance of communities on our well being read Sebastian Junger’s book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. There is no better explanation of how communities can prevent and heal PTSD.
Junger’s book addresses the essences of what our groups do for men. The groups are not therapy. They are men creating their own tribe so they can heal, connect, and create. It couldn’t be simpler or more powerful.