Don Draper and the Marlboro Man: Created Constructs
What these two have in common, besides being fiction, is that they are ideal constructs of men who do not process (feel) or share their feelings. In this culture, boys are still socialized not to admit to or consider their emotions. What research has found, is that men are not "wired" this way, they are conditioned to be this way, and it has also found that when people (of either gender) don't express their feelings, they can become physically ill or depressed, or both. Trying to live a life of constantly being 'tough' and 'on top of things' takes a toll. The stress builds up and you ignore the nagging feelings that something is wrong.
Fortunately, our culture is beginning to address our gender 'norms' and expectations for both boys and girls and men and women (and those who choose not to be labeled in a binary gender construct). With this, more men are seeking help to learn how to recognize and express their emotional selves. When we express our whole selves, our body heals and we are able to access our drive and creativity. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor, take good care of yourself. I love working with men of all ages who are open to creating space in their lives for their emotional selves to emerge. Once this happens, you will feel more complete and alive than ever before.