“Easy Going Dan and The Deep Dive Guys”? Is that the name of that hip new rock band all the kids are listening to these days?”
Not quite. (Although that would be an awesome band name!)
One of our goals for The Man Rules podcast is to model different ways men can communicate. For this episode — the first in a regular series of “Deep Dive” conversations — Dan’s friends Michael Deneen and Tim Walsh join him to talk about the personal troubles and triumphs they’ve experienced lately with their spouses, kids, family members, and co-workers. They also discuss some barriers they’ve been working through — like anger, reactivity, self-doubt — and offer one another emotional support and feedback.
Hearing men talk in this way might make you a little bit uncomfortable at first. Most of the time, when you hear a group of men talking on a podcast, radio show, or TV show they tend to be focused on only a handful topics: sports, money, comedy, and/or getting laid. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with those topics, but it does, unfortunately, reinforce the idea these are the only things men care about. By choosing to open up about their inner lives in a public forum, Dan, Michael, and Tim hope to show that men are interested in building deep personal connections with others and can benefit tremendously from the kind of emotional support they are taught that they should not need or expect.
In this episode, we are also introduced for the first time to “Easy Going Dan.” Long may he rock the stage!
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About The Man Rules Podcast Host, Dan Griffin
Dan Griffin, M.A., is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. His work and life is dedicated to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Dan is dedicated to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives and finding the success in their personal lives they are striving for in the professional lives. His professional background includes over two decades in the mental health and addictions field. Dan earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas where his graduate work was the first qualitative study centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dan grew up in the DC area and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Grace, and has been in long-term recovery from addiction since he graduated college in May of 1994.