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Erica Komisar: Masculinity Isn't A Sickness

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Episode 22

About Erica Komisar: Erica Komisar is a licensed clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for over 30 years. She’s a graduate of Georgetown and Columbia Universities and the New York Freudian Society. Erica is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Daily News. She is the author of a book called Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters and she is currently finishing a second book on the topic of raising resilient emotionally secure adolescence in an age of anxiety.


In this episode, Jordan and Erica discuss:

  • Scientific research on how gender differences impact leadership and parenting

  • The impact of the political trend to neutralize differences between genders

  • The importance of balance between aggression and nurturing for leadership

  • Liberal, mainstream and conservative media ignore science when it conflicts with politics

Key Takeaways:

  • Women leaders need to express more of their aggression and men more of their nurturance.

  • Healthy aggression is channeled into ambition, competition, self-reliance, protective vigilance, and other traits needed for successful leadership.

  • Oxytocin and testosterone are expressed differently in women and men

  • Proof that motherhood and nurturing are not valued in this country is that there is not an emphasis on paid maternity leave.

"The first three years of being emotionally and physically available to your baby lay down the foundation for that child’s emotional security for life."

— Erica Komisar

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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