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New book from Inside Man UK will include my article "What is healthy masculinity?" as posted on their site last November.
In just over a month, insideMAN will celebrate our first birthday. We’re incredibly proud to have published hundreds of amazing stories about what it means to be a man today that you simply wouldn’t be able to read anywhere else. So we're going to mark our first anniversary and celebrate this chorus of men’s voices by publishing a book!
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A dream about an Easter photo from childhood shows me a father I never saw.
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One of my favorite poems from my second book, Scapegoat's Cross: Poems about Finding and Reclaiming the Lost Man Within.
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New book from Dr Ted Zeff (info below) features my essay "Sensitivity in the Lion's Den" in a chapter titled "Unique Challenges of Highly Sensitive Men". I'm very pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to this important work.
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A little poem about embracing the darkest day of the year.
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My book Iron Man Family Outing has been listed as one of four books in the "Masculinity" category on the Open Deep and True Gift Guide and Reading List posted by Tom Kelley last week. Quite pleased to see my book recommended alongside popular and esteemed works on the subject of masculinity from Robert Bly, David Deida, and Robert Moore.

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My review of the first Iron Man movie, an archetypal story of masculine psychological development.

"For many men, a heart forced open by trauma is the most direct (sometimes the only) path back into the body and the forgotten/denied inner world of feelings, memories and values."

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Tony Stark was born heir to an empire. His father, Howard Stark, was a brilliant man who founded Stark Industries and made his fortune as a weapons developer. Young Tony was a child prodigy, a true >wunderkind> who built his first circuit board at ...
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My book is in some pretty good company on yet another list of books about masculinity at http://marriedmansexlife.vanillaforums.com/discussion/comment/453773/#Comment_453773.
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The "Best of Blog" page on my website is now nearly complete. This page contains restored and updated versions of 36 posts that originally appeared on my blog from 2008 to 2014 organized into eight subject areas as follows:

* Masculine Psychology / Psychology of Men
* Mature Masculinity / Masculine Healing
* Father Wound / Mother Wound
* Recovery from Abuse
* Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) / Highly Sensitive Man
* Men and Women
* Inner Work / Soul Work
* Writer's Path

I think this collection provides an excellent representation of my work. I hope you'll have a look.

http://rickbelden.com/best_of_blog
The "Best of Blog" page on my website is now nearly complete. This page contains restored and updated versions of 36 posts that originally appeared on my...
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If you create an anonymous way for men from around the world to speak their personal truth about what they really want, for themselves and the world, you wind up with a deep look into the masculine heart.
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My debut post on the new HuffPost UK Men site is "What If He Cries?".
Men with a history of having their emotions controlled and shut down by others typically have a pretty strong innate sense of when someone is approaching them with that intent, and they will close down quickly in response....
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New reader review of my first book: "His stunning imagery will shake your assumptions about the male psyche. As a female therapist, I often refer the book to male clients and the women who love them."

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Author, Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood
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Exploring men's issues, masculine psychology, and recovery from abuse via poetry, essay, and art
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I am the author of Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood, a book widely used in the United States and internationally by therapists, counselors, and men's groups as an aid in the exploration of masculine psychology and men's issues, and as a resource for men who grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, or neglectful family systems.

I've been writing for most of my life and exploring the use of creative expression, dreamwork, personal mythology, and listening to the body as tools for self-healing since 1989. I regularly post poetry, short essays, and other writing at my blog, poetry, dreams, and the body. My second book, Scapegoat’s Cross: Poems about Finding and Reclaiming the Lost Man Within, is awaiting publication.

In addition to my ongoing activities as a writer, I've been working in the information technology field for over 25 years as a software engineer/designer/developer, systems analyst, business analyst, and consultant for numerous organizations in both the public and private sector. I live in Austin, Texas.

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