Today I interviewed Dr. Avrum Weiss about his important and thought provoking, best-selling book, Hidden in Plain Sight: How Men's Fear of Women Shape Their Intimate Relationships. We discussed several ways in which men fear women, often stemming from socialized expectations of "what it means to be a man" and how these expectations are tested in intimate relationships. Dr. Weiss explains that, not only do men actually desire more intimacy and emotional openness in their relationships, but that in many cases, the fears men face contribute to higher rates of mental and physical illnesses.
Dr. Weiss is a regular contributor to the Psychology Today website and gives workshops nationally teaching men and women how to better understand each other. He lives on an island off the coast of Maine, with his wife and dog.