26. Navigating the toxic culture of masculinity and men's mental health with Matt Musgrave

Actually, You Can

20-09-2023 • 49 min

In this episode, Matt Musgrave shares his journey from the army to becoming a counselor and starting his own online counseling practice. He discusses the challenges he faced in the hyper-masculine environment of the army and how it led him to question his path. Matt explains how his personal experiences and work with men who use violence in relationships inspired him to focus on supporting men's mental health and growth. He also dives into the importance of self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-leadership in creating positive change in one's life.​

Key Takeaways:
  1. Matt's personal journey from the army to counseling and starting his own practice.
  2. The challenges men face in conforming to societal expectations of masculinity.
  3. The importance of self-awareness in understanding and navigating conflicting thoughts and emotions.
  4. The role of self-compassion in creating positive change and overcoming shame.
  5. The concept of self-leadership and how it can empower men to make authentic choices.​
Quotes:
  • "You cannot shame yourself into effective, healthy behavior change." - Matt Musgrave
  • "Change is scary, but what's harder? Living the rest of your life like this or going through the period of change?" - Matt Musgrave
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Resources:

MYF'S LINKS:

Website: https://www.myfgalloway.com/podcast
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myfgalloway/


MATT'S LINKS:

Website: https://matthewmusgrave.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matthewmusgrave_/
Strong Space Counselling: https://www.strongspacecounselling.com/
Book - No Bad Parts by Richard C. Schwartz: https://www.amazon.com.au/No-Bad-Parts-Restoring-Wholeness/dp/1683646681
ManKind Project: https://mankindproject.org.au/
The Resilience Project: https://theresilienceproject.com.au/