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How to use this guide
This guide contains several questionson the topic of friendship that you can choose from when hosting a #globalguytalk. They have been divided into different categories: decide which questions you will answer and in which order. Choose questions based on what is most suitable for the target group and the local context.
“I’ve been thinking about something lately. When I meet up with my male friends, we always do something. I mean, an activity or something. We rarely just meet up and talk and spend time with each other. We’re always playing sports or watching a movie. It’s a bit odd when I think about it, because sometimes I just want to talk. Talk about how we feel, about our friendship, about our relationships with our partners or whatever. But it’s like it’s impossible – it just doesn’t happen. I wonder why that is and what would happen if we started having more deep conversations.”
This story shows you how you can open up and speak from the heart when joining the #globalguytalk. The topics in this guide are: male friendships and how they differ from friendships with other genders. You can also talk about what it’s like to get closer to your friends and what it’s like to support someone during emotionally difficult times. You can discuss loneliness and how men act in general, and what impact that has on people around them.
Warm-up statements – answer yes or no
- When I hug another guy, I often end the hug with a pat on the back.
- I show emotions among other men when I’m sober.
- I think that my male friends would like to have a closer friendship with me.
- My friendships with guys are the same as friendships with anyone else.