Behind the Mask: Finding Self-Love, Confidence, and Authenticity as a Gay ManBy Nicholas Fink, MA
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world's leading experts on psychological trauma, talks about how trauma impacts both the brain and body. Relational trauma is discussed and how we can both be hurt by and healed in relationships. Dr. van der Kolk's insights on how trauma can be treated through various types of psychotherapy, neurofeedback, meditation, the arts, and movement are also offered.
Dr. Gabor Maté's book discusses the relationship between psychological stress and chronic illness. This book sheds light on illnesses such as cancer, arthritic, Chron's disease, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia and connects them to chronic stress. Dr. Maté discusses prevention as treatment for these illnesses by managing stress effectively.
Dr. Alan Downs, an American psychologist, discusses his personal experience of growing up as a gay man, as well as the experiences of many of his gay male patients. Common themes that Dr. Downs describes are shame and anger, which he says fuel maladaptive behavioural patterns throughout the lives of many gay men. The Velvet Rage is a highly renowned book in the gay community and has reshaped the discussion of identity discovery for many gay men.
Matthew Todd looks at the guise of contemporary gay culture and the internalized shame embedded within it. Todd discusses many of the issues commonly experienced by gay men and offers advice on how to overcome them.