The social perception of masculinity is very black and white: one is either an Alpha Male or a Beta Male, and there can be no variation. However, this is not the reality of masculinity in today’s society. Non-Alpha Males exist somewhere in the middle of the masculinity spectrum and are far more common than most people realize. These Non-Alpha Males are prone to developmental and behavioral issues caused by gender role conflict, toxic shame, and complex trauma. These, as well as the role of parenting, attachment and abuse issues, gender constructs and socialization, and the resulting addiction, sexual issues, and self-loathing, are explored in Childhood Trauma and the Non-Alpha Male. Dr. Carpenter’s book offers healthy resolutions through self-acceptance and psychological health. With stories of experiences from actual Non-Alpha Male clients bringing the theoretical into reality, Childhood Trauma and the Non-Alpha Male helps offer healing through hope, clarity, healing, and change.
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Dr. Carpenter is a Licensed Psychologist and professor in the field of psychology. He and his spouse, Mary Carpenter, LMSW are the founders of Insight Counseling Services in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Carpenter has Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology; earned a Master of Science in Counseling and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation from Pace University; and has an Associates of Arts in Theological Studies from Kent Christian College.He has a keen ability to translate academic psychology and sound clinical research into clinical practice and in his writings. He has a broad range of knowledge treating an array of psychological, emotional, and behavioral disorders with extensive study and therapeutic skills in the area of gender role conflict, shame, sexual abuse and trauma, and chemical and behavioral addictions.Dr. Carpenter is actively involved in his community and has been President of, and served on several drug and alcohol prevention programs and has served on numerous academic boards and committees. He enjoys reading, studying, research, music, and spending time with his two children, Dawson and Morgan; his wife, Mary; and his three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: Lewis, Bentley and Camella.