Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt pressure to hide your emotions.
Now, raise your hand if hiding your emotions has ever made you feel better.
Didn’t think so.
Society and the masculine culture puts pressure on men and boys to ignore or hide their emotions, put them into boxes and pretend they don’t exist.
“As a kid, if you were struggling with something in school, that was your problem, and you had better fix it yourself (cheat and lie) or get really good at faking your way through it.
Just don’t let it impact your performance.”
Just like most guys, it worked okay, until it didn’t.