In 2016, men experienced a marked increase in anxiety and depression due to the political climate of 2016.
Many felt they could no longer have a sense of purpose or value in their lives.
As men in the United States continue to face the fallout of the 2016 election, the concept of masculinity has become a divisive issue in society.
A recent poll by the Gallup Organization found that 53 percent of Americans believe that the “masculine gaze” is “not just a thing of the past,” while 45 percent believe that “masks are just a way to make money.”
Many men have become uncomfortable with the notion of “mask” or the idea that men can choose to embrace a less masculine identity.
This is a sentiment that has been echoed in recent years as the idea of “man-power” has become increasingly normalized in the modern world.
As a result, men have been increasingly hesitant to embrace their masculinity.
A 2016 Gallup survey found that 51 percent of men feel like they “have lost their sense of identity” and 49 percent feel like their “identity is defined by how masculine I am.”
However, research suggests that a man’s sense of masculinity is more about the man as opposed to his outward appearance.
Research shows that men have a higher self-esteem, have more positive relationships with their partners, and are more likely to be sexually satisfied.
While a number of studies have linked men’s self-confidence with their masculinity, researchers have yet to pinpoint the cause behind the connection.
In a study published in the Journal of Social Psychology in 2014, researchers conducted a survey of 1,400 men who were in their late 30s and early 40s.
The study showed that men’s masculinity levels increased from those of their 20s.
However, it also showed that this increase in masculinity didn’t correlate with how many men believed in the “Manosphere,” a subculture of men’s rights activists who believe men should control their own bodies and pursue a “masher” identity.
In other words, while a greater amount of men are more confident about their masculinity and more willing to embrace it, they’re still hesitant to do so.
As part of their research, researchers asked the participants to report on how they feel about their current self.
“How confident do you feel that you are the best version of yourself?” was the question that came up most frequently in this group.
Only 35 percent of respondents said they felt “confident.”
This means that 35 percent felt that their current masculinity was “definitely overstated” and 35 percent said that they were “not confident enough to be confident in myself.”
The researchers noted that the higher the self-doubt level, the more likely they were to have negative feelings toward themselves.
“There was no relationship between self-reported levels of self-disgust and perceived masculinity.”
However and this may be surprising to some, the research found that those with higher levels of “self-esteem” were more likely than their less self-reliant peers to report that they felt more confident in themselves.
These results may indicate that a person’s sense or self-worth does not have to be based on how masculine they are.
While self-acceptance and positive self-talk may not necessarily be mutually exclusive, this research indicates that self-love and positive social interactions are more important than the outward expression of masculinity.
In fact, a 2016 study by psychologist Dan Kahan found that “the more men have confidence in themselves, the less likely they are to be fearful of being judged.”
It’s also worth noting that many men feel that “manliness” and “maske” are synonymous terms, meaning that both are defined by the way they are perceived by others.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that men should be afraid of being perceived as “manly” or that men don’t have to conform to a “man’s” appearance.
While it may be difficult to identify the exact causes behind men’s decreased self-efficacy, the evidence shows that “mansplaining” and other forms of “mansplainings” can have negative consequences.
According to a 2015 survey by the American Psychological Association, more than 40 percent of those surveyed believe that men are being socially pressured to conform or be “manish.”
It is important to understand that these feelings are not necessarily a sign of inferiority or inferiority complex, but rather a reaction to a perceived lack of masculinity in men.
In the end, we may have to accept that it’s all about the person and that what we think is a masculine or “masque-like” behavior can actually be a sign that we need to learn to live authentically and that we’re not going to be able to change our way of being if we don’t do the work to improve our internal and external appearance.
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