The good news: Women are making gains in the workplace, in careers, and in education (although the gains are still not enough!). But here’s the bad news: Boys and young men face problems that are leading to what my colleague, Phil Zimbardo, calls “The Demise of Guys.” What’s happening?
Many boys and young men are on a path that will have negative effects on their future careers and their lives. Here are the warning signs, and some ways to remedy the decline.
What is the impact of these trends? First, there can be a reduction in work performance and productivity due to lack of education and ambition. Second, if men are shut out of the workforce, there is potential for them turning to criminal activities to get ahead. Miscommunication leads to weaker family relationships, and being outpaced by women can lead to a misogynistic backlash against women. The result is lower quality of life for males.
How can this be remedied?
By focusing on the problem, and providing programs to help our young men, we can prevent the Demise of Guys.
The Demise of Guys (DoGs): The Problem and Possible Solutions-Coming to the Rescue of Young DoGs • Convenor: Bernardo J. Carducci • Presenters: Bernardo J. Carducci, Shari Young Kuchenbecker, Ronald E. Riggio, Philip G.Zimbardo. Presented at 14th European Congress of Psychology, July 2016, Milan, Italy
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