Being Human Podcast - Episode 100: Misconceptions about Men’s Emotions, w/ Dr. Bryan Violette

podcast Jan 01, 2020

Welcome to Episode 100 of the Being Human Podcast: Misconceptions about Men’s Emotions, w/ Dr. Bryan Violette

In this milestone episode, Dr. Greg and Dr. Bryan dive into discussion about men’s emotional lives, giving listeners a peek into the male psyche while sharing their observations on what it means to be an emotionally healthy man. 

Discussed in this episode:  

  • Is the reluctance by men to talk about mental health issues, relationships, and emotional issues fear-based or constitutive to being a man?
  • The role of one’s emotions and the danger of repressing them; 
  • Refuting the erroneous belief that it is not “a man’s job” to discuss emotions; 
  • The act of courage required of men to share honestly and vulnerably with other men;
  • The ramifications of having an emotionally-distant father, especially upon sons;
  • Anger as the emotion men feel most comfortable with; 
  • How St. Joseph learned receptivity and trust in God from Mary’s example;
  • Rigid gender roles and distortions of masculinity; 
  • The need for men to grow in the gifts of the feminine genius after establishing the masculine gifts; 
  • The importance of entering into areas of incompetence out of love for the other.


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About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since grown to 5 offices with 12 therapists serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.