Gregg Levoy is an accomplished author, speaker, and seminar leaderwho regularly holds workshops and keynote presentations in the business, governmental, educational, faith-based and human-potential industries. He has presented on stages such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Microsoft, the National Career Development Association, and the International Association of Career Management Professionals as well as countless lectures for colleges and universities across the country. He is a regular contributor for Psychology Todayand has made frequent guest appearances on CNN, PBS, NPR, andABC-TV.Additionally, he is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passionand Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life- the latter of which is rated as one of the Top 20 Career Publications by Workforce Information Group.
Gregg joins me today to discuss what makes our friendship as men unique and the challenges men often have regarding maintaining and deepening their relationships. We discuss the different ways men can show their vulnerability and humanity and how men’s behaviors can often be attributedto the cultural stigmas they’ve learned throughout their childhood. Gregg shares some of his fondest memories with his twin brother, father, and friend that illustrate the reality of men’s outlook on life and the way they view relationships as well as how honesty and the power of conversation can impact your friendships and relationships.
“The more we are real men with one another, I think we’ll bring that into our relationships with our partners.” - Gregg Levoy
This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It:
- How boys are raisedwith many taboos and stigmas on behavior and how it affects men’s struggles with forming trusting friendships.
- How men are conditioned for competition and to act and behave a certain way.
- Gregg’s unique experiences as a twin brother.
- How men who feel pressured to compete with other men can overcome and get past it.
- How men bond over activities and entertainment.
- How communicating, being vulnerable, and practicing generous listening can help deepen men’s friendships with other men.
- How his father’s heart attack led them to reach a new dimension in their relationship.
- Why men struggle with asking for help.
- My story on vulnerability, the challenge of asking for help, and the importance of loyalty.
- The criteria that make up strong, healthy friendships with other men.
- How having well-defined relationships from a young age has a positive impact on developing long-term, healthy male relationships.
- Why humor and laughter are important in healthy relationships with men.
- The similarities and difference between men’s friendships with other men versus their relationships with their partners.
- The importance of keeping in touch and connecting with other men.
- How the reality of death enables men to be more vulnerable and open about their relationships.
- Gregg’s advice for building deeper friendships with other men.
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