Friendship

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How to Firmly Say No Without Coming Off Like a Jerk

by Brett & Kate McKay

We’ve talked a lot about the Nice Guy Syndrome here on AoM. You know the guy. Big time people pleaser, always puts others before himself, lets people walk all over him. Heck, maybe you’re that guy. These so-called Nice Guys might appear happy on the outside, but on the inside they’re feeling burnt out, resentful, […]

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Don’t Be That Guy: The Taxonomy of Lousy Male Friends

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Steve Kamb. We all know “That Guy,” and we all have at least one in our group of friends. He’s the one scalawag who is generally pleasant to hang out with except for one glaringly painful characteristic.  Although there are different species of That Guy, some far […]

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Our Disembodied Selves and the Decline of Empathy

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Fellow-feeling. . .is the most important factor in producing a healthy political and social life. Neither our national nor our local civic life can be what it should be unless it is marked by the fellow-feeling, the mutual kindness, the mutual respect, the sense of common duties and common interests, which arise when men take […]

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The Duties of the Best Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Wedding season” is currently upon us. June is the most popular month for weddings, and they’ll be going full steam from now until September. You may have received a few invitations in the mail or even been asked to be your friend’s or brother’s best man. Being asked to be the best man in a […]

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Being the Rock

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from Discordiacorner While much in the way of traditional gender roles has shifted in modern times, most women I know still want a man who can be the rock in the relationship. But just what does being the rock entail? I asked this question in the Community, and this is what a few of the […]

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Overcoming the Barriers to Mentorship: The Retribing Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Editor’s note: This is a guest post by A.J Rippo. Mr. Rippo is the author of Retribing. For a chance to win his book, see the details below. Accomplished men are often heard attributing their success in part to the impact of mentors on their lives, and much has been written about the […]

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How to Apologize Like a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life “I’m sorry.” Two simple words and yet two of the hardest to say. We easily utter them in response to trivial matters like accidentally jostling a stranger on the subway or giving the cashier the wrong change. Yet in important matters and to those who mean the most to us, we can find […]

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The Art of Letter Writing

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the days of cell phones, email, and text messages, letter writing can seem hopelessly outdated. But it’s an art worth bringing back, and not because of some misplaced sense of nostalgia either. The writing and reception of letters will always offer an experience that modern technology cannot touch. Twitter is effective for broadcasting what […]

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8 Tools That Will Change Your Life: The Hold On to Your N.U.T.s Book Giveaway

by Brett

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Wayne M Levine, M.A., Director of BetterMen.org and The West Coast Men’s Center If you’re tired of coming up short as a man, father, husband or leader, these eight BetterMen Tools will help you to change your relationships and your life. The fixes may not happen overnight. […]

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The Unclassified Laws of Etiquette

by Brett & Kate McKay

When Kate and I were in Vermont last summer, we stumbled upon a book called Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. It was published in 1880. The book is a hodge podge of information that would be useful to a man of business back in the late 19th Century. There are sections dedicated to […]

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Choosing Man’s Best Friend: A Guide to Canine Companions

by Brett & Kate McKay

The bond between man and dog has grown over tens of thousands of years.  A dog provides a special sort of companionship that’s hard to have with people. They can be unconditionally loyal and loving. A good dog will be there to lick your wounds even when everyone else in your life leaves you. You […]

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Throw a Classy Bachelor Party

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you are selected to be your friend’s best man in his wedding, you have several important responsibilities to fulfill. The first is to plan a bachelor’s party for your buddy. When most people hear “bachelor party,” they think keg stands and g-strings. In today’s article, we discuss the honorable origins of the bachelor party […]

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How to Be the Perfect Party Guest

by Brett

The season for parties is currently in full swing. For the party guest, the event is a chance to kickback and have a good time. But for the host, throwing a party can be a stressful endeavor. A host must worry about the decorations, the food, the entertainment, and whether their guests are getting along, […]

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How to Be a Gracious Host

by Brett

Image from magarell Yesterday, we set down the rules of being the perfect houseguest. The host likewise has important responsibilities and expectations to fulfill. The ability to show hospitality has been a measure of one’s character across cultures and time. Hospitality goes beyond providing simple room and board; it involves making your guest feel comfortable, […]

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Making and Keeping Man Friendships

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from varones Several weeks ago we posted an article about the history and nature of man friendships. Several readers added comments in which they lamented the difficulty in both making and keeping man friendships, a sentiment I fully sympathize with. Once you’re out of college, and especially if you get married and move, it […]

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Thinking Outside the Flask: 10 Groomsmen Gift Ideas

by Brett

Your groomsmen are your best buddies, guys who have been there for you through thick and thin. And on the most important day of your life, they’ll be there for you once again, standing by your side as you take the plunge. Of course no one likes going to weddings and getting dressed up in […]

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The History and Nature of Man Friendships

by Brett & Kate McKay

Friendships are an important part of a man’s life. Friends are those men you can count on when the chips are down. They’ll back you up even when the whole world is against you. Friends are those men who will buy you a beer (or a soda) when you lose a job or your lady […]

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