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Combatting Baskins Syndrome

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Fine Nov 20, 2013. 23 Replies

Men, I'm new to the forums (first post) but I've been a fan of this site for a while. I was hoping to get some input. Lately, I've been undergoing (thanks in part to this website) an internal…Continue

 

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Steve Fine replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Well Spoken Matt - you speak well for a youngster (take it as a compliment)"
Nov 20, 2013
Matt T. replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Welcome to the forums, Mike, and glad to see another young man (just turned 22 myself) on the path of self-improvement.  Also, love the "syndrome" phrase.  I might just use it down the road to explain why I've taken such a…"
Nov 14, 2013
Jay D replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Alright iam going to be a dick who says it. You can try to be like Bond but you will not be him. The first reason is that he is a fictional idealised book/TV character. He never takes a shit, never says something stupid and never strikes out on a…"
Nov 14, 2013
Steve Fine replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"success along the way? I think for past generations - our parents and grandparents, depending on your age - success was defined as making a better life for your children. We lost that perspective and are so self focused we can't imagine…"
Nov 13, 2013
Steve Fine replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Mike - I honor your vulnerability in asking this question. I think the answers various men give that are a sign of how prevalent the 'boys in men's body' / Baskin syndrome is. Some men recognize it - others have no idea. There is lots…"
Nov 13, 2013
Steve Fine replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Will - good to see other warrior brothers on this forum - I am new and will be checking out the group here soon"
Nov 13, 2013
David F. replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Fair point. Really all of these archetypes are structures for us to drape our ambitions on as motivation to do better.  Be it Bond, or a poster or whatever forms a nudge to do better."
Nov 11, 2013
Rory Average replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Being James Bond is a boy's dream, not a man's. IMO, if Bond is your idol, you aren't ready to be a man. It's fiction. No one is completely satisfied with their career in the worst of times except one dimensional characters like…"
Nov 11, 2013
Native Son replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Um, Bond isn't at the policy level.  Bond is the blunt instrument of destruction with a refined gentleman's veneer.   He's literally the junior officer who boards the sinking U-boat with every intention of shooting anybody…"
Nov 11, 2013
Native Son replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Shane's correct.  None of our parents or grandparents waited for years to get what they've got. They worked like hell for years to get it and keep it."
Nov 11, 2013
David F. replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"I don't think they had to wait years for most of it.  I think they had a mentality of setting goals, setting resources to those goals and making it work, focused on those goal.   They also enjoyed success ALONG the way.  The key…"
Nov 11, 2013
Will replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"In the military, affirming someone's manhood is something like "You are the WORST recruits I have EVER SEEN you make me PUKE you little girls" -- right?"
Nov 8, 2013
Mike Smith replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Fantastic response, David. My dad was/is a Bond fanatic and I'm only now realizing why after years of thinking, "But...shouldn't he be more discrete as a secret agent?" The thing I enjoyed about the restart is that it really…"
Nov 8, 2013
Mike Smith replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Haha, I can hear my mom right now: "Well, as long as it makes him happy...""
Nov 8, 2013
Mike Smith replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"Mostly basing it Craig's performance in Skyfall (which is especially interesting when you contrast that with his character in Casino Royale) but I've always considered Sean Connery as one of the classiest men in the world."
Nov 8, 2013
David F. replied to Mike Smith's discussion Combatting Baskins Syndrome
"I use the term Maxim Boys, but Baskins is about the same.  The good thing is that the Maxim's market share is falling.  The Maxim boy aesthetic is falling out if favor.  It is no longer the ideal to sit on the kick it, drink…"
Nov 8, 2013

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