Today, the male ego has become so fragile and weak that men have now started to be looked at as more emotional than women. Young males commit violent actions not out of being masculine or tough, but because their feelings were hurt. These actions are committed because these millennial males do not act out of logic but more out of emotion. The ability to deal with a stressful situation in a logical manner takes more discipline than just “flashing out” and becoming belligerent. True masculinity is the ability to exercise self-control and not allow one’s emotions to run wild. That is an attribute that most millennials do not have.
One of the reasons for the increase in emotional men now is the lack of a father figure in the household which provides these young men with an example of a strong and disciplined man. According to www.psychologytoday.com, “Fatherless children have more difficulties with social adjustment, and are more likely to report problems with friendships, and manifest behavioral problems. Many develop a swaggering, intimidating persona in an attempt to disguise their underlying fears, resentments, anxieties and unhappiness. Children consistently report feeling abandoned when their fathers are not involved in their lives, struggling with their emotions and episodic bouts of self-loathing.”
The lack of a father figure is the biggest reason for emotional millennials, but society has also made it normal for men to be emotional and wear their feelings on their sleeve. Society has made it comfortable for men to put their emotions out in the open with influences coming from prominent public figures to musical artist. The level of acceptance that society gives overly emotional men is a direct correlation to why millennials feel that it is fine for them to be overly emotional.
According to www.quora.com, “Because men today have less testosterone than before and because society is trying to indoctrinate men to be more emotional, people are constantly insisting that men show their emotions. Studies have shown that the brain can create new things to comply with demands. With emotions, the brain begins to function in a more sensitive and reactive way causing men to be more delicate and emotional. Instead of bringing out genuine original emotions, men become more delicate to have more emotions to share to meet the demands because people keep insisting. But there’s more. This is rewarded by society and opposing it is frowned upon.”
The trend of being overly emotional is a detriment to the structure of the dominant man. Emotions must be controlled for the male species to stay the dominant sex. If this trend continues to grow, women will become more dominant and the mentality of not needing a man around will become even more prevalent than it already is amongst women. Men must regain a sense of mental stability and return to being the disciplined and strong-minded sex.