Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help Bad Boys Become Good Men

Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help Bad Boys Become Good Men

Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help Bad Boys Become Good Men

Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help Bad Boys Become Good Men

Synopsis

"The majority of difficult, troubled, criminal, and even violent young men can lead whole and productive lives when given the right opportunities and leadership." Many of us feel disturbed by the destructive behavior of so many American boys today. Their rates of substance abuse, suicide, assault, gun possession, and homicide exceed, by far, those of boys in every other industrialized nation. But what can we do? Weaving together his life experiences, research, and clinical observations, former "bad boy" Aaron Kipnis examines the lives of boys at risk and offers clear and practical suggestions for how we all can help troubled boys become good men. Kipnis, a nationally respected educator and consultant in clinical psychology, was first arrested at the age of eleven. He spent most of the next seven years living in juvenile institutions or on the streets. Rather than surrendering to this downward spiral, he changed course, ultimately devoting his professional energies to affected boys and young men. In a compelling personal narrative, the author tells of his own transformational journey from runaway, street hustler, and jailed juvenile, to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology devoted to mentoring, counseling, and leading young men. This book tells parents exactly what they need to know if their son is having trouble socially or emotionally, in school, or with drugs or gangs. It offers educators insights into how to work with disruptive boys and shows counselors and community youth leaders how to build trust and bring about change with troubled youth. For every destructive or violent act that the author experienced, he offers an antidote_based on inside knowledge. Angry Young Men offers compelling strategies for everyone concerned about how we can save our young men. Helping "Bad Boys" Become Good Men Writing from personal and professional experience, Aaron Kipnis shares both the riveting story of his own troubled youth-and how he turned himself around-and the successful approaches he has used to help "bad boys" become good men. Angry Young Men offers specific, practical advice for parents, teachers, counselors, community leaders, and justice professionals_everyone who wants to help at-risk boys become strong, productive, caring, and compassionate men."Angry Young Men is an extremely important book that is especially timely now during our current epidemic of violence by and against boys and young men . . . Aaron Kipnis has seen deeply, not only into the souls of troubled boys and adolescents, but also into those aspects of the spirit of our culture and our epoch that have turned an unprecedentedly large proportion of our boys and young men into perpetrators and victims of violence."_From the Foreword by Dr. James Gilligan, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School"One of the most important books written in the last decade."_Robert Bly, author of Iron John and The Sibling Society"With stories of the triumph of human courage against insurmountable odds, Aaron Kipnis clearly demonstrates that redemption, human dignity, and transformation are possible among the most troubled of our youth."_Dr. Robert E. Roberts, executive director, Project Return, Tulane University Medical Center"With unique passion and insight, Aaron Kipnis shatters the myths about troubled young men in our society. A compassionate look at at-risk youth that compels each one of us into action."_Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and A Fine Young Man"A compelling work that deeply moves and educates you as it seeks to build an informed and inspired advocacy for at-risk boys and young men. Kipnis arms us with healing alternatives that are within our reach. Essential reading."_Dr. Mary Watkins, clinical psychologist and author of Waking Dreams and Invisible Guests

Excerpt

Angry Young Men is an important book that is especially timely now during our current epidemic of violence by and against boys and young men. It also expresses insights that I believe will continue to be valid far into the future. Aaron Kipnis has seen deeply not only into the souls of troubled boys and adolescents but also into those aspects of the spirit of our culture and our epoch that have turned an unprecedentedly large proportion of our boys and young men into perpetrators and victims of violence. Today more American boys are killing themselves and each other—and being killed by adults—than at any other time in this century and than in any other developed nation in the world. It is vital to the future of our society and our world that we learn what adults are doing wrong, individually and as a society, in the ways we raise our boys and relate to each other, and what we can do to correct our mistakes. Reading Angry Young Men is a helpful place to begin in the effort to find answers.

Aaron Kipnis writes with eloquence and passion, and his book is a model of how an author can accomplish the difficult and delicate task of showing the relationship between his own life history and the larger history of which he writes. Just as Freud used examples of his own dreams as a way to illustrate universal themes, so Kipnis uses his own life history to illuminate the universal relevance of his insights.

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