Figure out men at XY Culture

Welcome to XY Culture! We write "for women figuring out men, and for men figuring out ourselves." We share stories, insights, and tools to help with self-understanding, self-actualization, and healing and strengthening relationships and families. Please click the slider arrows or scroll down to explore more. (Tree Image (c) Matt Hebermehl, hebermehl.com)

6 ways to test new career paths

How can you test out a new career path that will lead you to more meaning and fulfillment at work? Here we explore six ways to test out new career paths.

The 4 worst relationship behaviors to avoid, based on science

Fighting with our loved ones can feel terrifying, and it’s easy – if we don’t know what we’re doing – to get trapped in bad habits that lead to the deterioration of our marriage or long-term relationship. Fortunately, as we discussed earlier, conflict is natural and to be expected. However, there are four behaviors to avoid when in conflict, according to the Gottmans’ copious research.

5 ways to use intuition to find your unique career path

In this installment on finding and creating your unique career path, we introduce five practices that can help cultivate an intuition of how to find our way.

Gratitude: A Practical Guide to Manning Up (Part 1)

"Chin up!" "Move on!" “Let it go!" Often when guys express a sense of loss or sadness, the response from friends and loved ones is frighteningly simplistic. We’re frequently advised to do something we’ve been told our entire lives on the football field or rugby pitch: "Suck it up!" As men, we're often expected to keep our emotions suppressed and carry the burdens of our daily lives in silence. Even more troubling, the idea of suppressing our grieving process and discounting our need to examine is often suggested by people whose opinions and advice we respect. It's not for lack of trying; our confidants and guides often want to see us restored to our former glory -- so not dignifying the complexities of our feelings seems a natural solution... For me, the path to happiness (or at least temporary sanity) comes from the concept of gratitude...

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