Bridges To Brotherhood

Taking Action with the Homeless

By Stephen Johnson
Whole Life Times – August 1996

I got home the other night, flipped on the TV and caught the lead segment on the news. My heart sank as I listened: Two skinheads took a machete to an African-American boy in Lancaster…. if it were not for the quick efforts of his 17-year-old female cousin, the youth would have bled to death….” The irony is that the family moved from the inner city to shelter him from the gang violence permeating their neighborhood. Although this kind of occurrence has been rare, the reporter indicated, residents in that area fear that this is just the beginning.

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Dealing With Ordeals

What’s the Gift?

By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D.

On Monday, February 12th, I logged onto my Online banking and noticed that one of my accounts was down by $2,000. When I pulled it up to view I became aware that $2,000 in traveler’s checks had been withdrawn. By Tuesday morning it became clear that over the weekend someone had invaded my Online system, having changed my address to one in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before I could close down the system, two thousand dollars more in traveler’s checks was withdrawn, compromising another of my accounts. I had been through attempted identity theft three years ago, and it took weeks to deal with that intrusion. I knew that it would require a lot of redirected time and energy to handle this incursion into the sanctity of my life. This current crisis launched the first week of an ordeal that would challenge me in more ways than one.

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Farewell To A Young Spiritual Warrior

A Tribute to a Playful Poet and Peacemaker

By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D.

Last week, Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek left his body. He was a mere 13 years of age and yet he lived a whole lifetime. In some ways, it was more than many will experience if they are fortunate to live well into their senior years. Mattie was an extraordinary young man. Even today, physicians still don’t know why Mattie did not die at birth because he suffered from an ugly strain of muscular dystrophy that takes most at a much younger age. In certain ways, Mattie was a miracle.

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Four Words that Seduce Any Man… Anytime*

by Bethany Heitman
from Cosmopolitan Magazine, October 2011

This single sexy phrase makes him drop everything (pants included) and start drooling over you. But you need to work it carefully.

Whispering almost any naughty line to a guy is the sexual equivalent of 3-D glasses – it heightens the entire experience for him. But after talking to a bunch of dudes recently, we learned there are four specific words every man longs to hear the most. The phrase that unleashes his lust? “I want you now.” We asked experts why that is, and here they explain the reasons it gives you such seduction power.

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From Mind-filled-ness to Mindfulness Cultivating a Daily Spiritual Practice

A Six-Series Practicum Training

With Dr. Stephen J. Johnson

Over the course of a full year I facilitated a series of six Practicums on Mindfulness that commenced in January of 2008. A Practicum is essentially an experiential workshop in which you get to experiment with the process of learning skillful actions or practical tools for accomplishing intended goals. The overall goal of the Training was to investigate and understand how mind, brain and body work together in ways that enhance personal growth and healing through engaging in the practices of meditation, conscious connected breathing and enlightened discourse. Essentially these one-day events were conceived to provide opportunities for attention to Dharma, which is the basic ground underlying the contemplative teachings and practices enlightening us to the transitory or impermanent nature of all phenomena, including mental states.

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Going Through The Change*

Is There Such a Thing as Male Menopause?

By Diana Lundin
Daily News, August 21, 1995

Jerry Magazine imagined his 50’s would be a time of relaxation, a time to savor thethings he had worked so hard for over the past three decades.

But the rug was pulled out from under the Glendale manufacturing representative when the economy went south and his sales commission with it. With the recession, Magazine watched his salary plummet from six figures to four, and he was at a loss for what to do with his career.

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Healing The Masculine Wound

An Interview with Stephen Johnson, PH.D.
by Larry Triveri
Whole Life Times, August 1992, pp.22-23

What does it mean to be male? Throughout the country, men are participating in workshops to try to come to terms with this question and, in the process, renew their commitment to themselves, their community and planetary stewardship. Psychotherapist Stephen Johnson is the founder and director of the Men’s Center in Los Angeles, which he created as “a vehicle for men to support each other and the women and children who love them.” He also conducts workshops nationwide.

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Helping Boys Become Men*

By Walter Atkinson From Wingspan, July 1998 In Robert Bly’s landmark book Iron John, he identified two problems faced by men today: lack of adequate fathering, and lack of initiation into manhood. When I read this, I came away asking what would be an appropriate initiation to bring boys into manhood in America today? In […]

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How Do You Deal with a Difficult Boss?

By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. Have you had any personal experiences in dealing with a cranky boss? Most people have.  What did you do about it? This was a topic that wanted to address in their new format called, “Answers on the Street.” Their producers, who invited me to be their psychology expert for […]

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How Do You Deal With a Difficult Roommate?

By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. Have you had any personal experiences in dealing with a roommate that has developed annoying habits? Most people have.  What did you do about it? This was a topic that wanted to address in their new format called, “Answers on the Street.” Their producers, who invited me to be […]

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