What is Mature Masculinity? How Does it Develop or Fail to Develop?

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Length: 2 hours 26 minutes

An Interview with James Gooch, M.D., by JoAnn Culbert-Koehn, LCSW

This discussion with Dr. Gooch about the development (or lack of development) of mature masculinity in American culture will be based on his 80 years of lived experience, his raising of four sons, and 62 years of clinical experience.

Among the questions to be asked were: 

  • What is the role of sports in masculine development?
  • Are young men looking for heroic stance when they shoot up schools or join gangs?
  • Has masculinity become too femininized or does it need more contact with the feminine? 
  • What has been the role of Internet pornography or computer games?
  • How has masculinity been affected by a culture of greed and lack of leadership in the banking community?
  • What do we need to teach men and women about marriage?
  • How do we understand denigration of the parental couple?
  • Whose job is it to help men find meaningful work?
  • Whose job is it to pass down spiritual or religious values?
  • How are men and women different and how do we teach communication skills that honor the differences.

James Gooch, M.D., was founder and first President of the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC), which became a Component Society of the IPA in 1987. He was born in Danville Kentucky, and moved to Los Angeles to attend medical school. James Gooch teaches and practices psychoanalysis in his home in Beverly Hills California.

JoAnn Culbert-Koehn is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice with adults, adolescents, and children in Santa Monica, California. She has been in private practice for over 40 years. She is the past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where she also served as director of training and co-director of the Hilde Kirsch Children’s Center.  In addition to being in private practice for over 40 years, she has also published widely and continues to lecture in the United States and internationally.  In 2006, JoAnn received the Distinguished Educator Award from the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education.  JoAnn has worked for over two decades integrating the work of C.G. Jung with the work of Klein and Bion. 

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