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A Man Learns How to Cry Again

At 20, he had already forgotten how.


Episode Notes

This week, Aymann talks to a college student named Sammy, who recently had an intense experience: He suddenly cried for the first time in a decade. Sammy wants to replicate it, but he can’t figure out how. First, Aymann and Sammy talk about why so many men resist the urge to cry in the first place, and why relearning how to cry is so much harder than expected. Then they talk to Avi Klein, a therapist who specializes in helping men locate feelings they had long buried.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


About the Show

On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, family, sex, and identity, trying to understand their experiences to help listeners make more sense of their own.

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