College Grove entrepreneur Christine Palm wants to save the relationships of the world by starting conversations through her new book, “The Man Project.”
Palm hopes the book will ignite conversations that will turn into a movement that will ultimately create a culture shift in the way men do relationships.
“I believe that too many men are frustrated in their relationships or avoid relationships altogether because what they’re doing isn’t working. I want to ignite a national conversation about the reality men live in. I want to make it safe for men to heal,” Palm said.
In her book, Palm shares excerpts from personal conversations and past experiences. She sees an “obvious cultural difference” between how men and women handle hurt, dysfunction or change in relationships.
“(A woman) might call a girlfriend, her mom or her sister. They might grab a bottle of wine, eat cake and discuss the situation. … When it happens to a man, our culture says to be tough and stay cool,” Palm writes in “The Man Project.”
She said that men usually tell her they don’t have any “baggage” but she believes those buried hurts and masked emotions become baggage that they take into their relationships.
“Men are masters of stuffing the thoughts, feelings and emotions around a painful situation. Like a suitcase full of clothes, men prefer to just zip it up and put it in the closet. It’s what they have learned and witnessed for generations,” she writes.
In “The Man Project,” Palm seeks to address these issues head-on.
“Our culture embraces avoidance instead of awareness. I share real-life relationship issues and solutions. I want people to realize that these issues are fixable. … It is possible to heal. It is possible to live and love as your heart desires,” Palm said. “You have the power within you to feel, heal, create and control your life.”
Palm wrote the book directly to men; however, many of the reader responses she’s received have been from women.
“Women are reading the book with their men as conversation starters. They are using it as a tool to identify the dysfunction in their relationships,” Palm said.
This fall Palm is launching a local Man Project “Meetup” group on the meetup.org platform. The group will facilitate conversations with single men and women who are looking to strengthen their relationship skills.
She then hopes to launch a private relationship group in October for individuals who have read the book and are seeking further assistance in their search for meaningful relationships.
“This will not be a dating club. It’s simply a group for people who are willing to talk and embrace the conversation,” Palm said. “I want to help men learn how to become the men they need to be to get and keep the woman they want.”
Born and raised in Minnesota, Palm married and moved to Atlanta where she spent 20 years building businesses, raising two daughters, writing and working with horses. Divorce and retirement brought her to Tennessee where she raises nine Arabian horses on her College Grove farm.
On her farm, Palm conducts Equine Empowerment sessions in which she uses the horses as “mirrors” to human emotions and energy to help clients’ awareness, self-discovery, confidence and leadership skills.
In addition to “The Man Project” and her equine empowerment practice, Palm offers life coaching sessions and keynote speaking engagements centered on personal empowerment.
“The Man Project” is available for purchase on Amazon.com and for download on Kindle. For more information, visit www.christinepalm.com, call 615-856-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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