Michael G. Thompson is an author, psychologist,
school consultant, specializing in children and parenting. He is the author or co-author
of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller, Raising Cain: Protecting
the Emotional Life of Boys, Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions
about Raising Sons and Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives
of Children. His newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents
Can Help a Child Grow, was published by Ballantine Books in May of 2012.
A dedicated speaker and traveler, Dr. Thompson has spoken at or consulted to more than 500 schools in the U.S. and abroad. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20 and 60 Minutes. He was the co-author, host and narrator of a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain: Focus on Boys. He is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, and is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of two granddaughters.
From the author's website
This biography was last updated on 01/07/2016.
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A Conversation with Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
In your introduction you say that a catalyst for writing the book was
your desire to help people see beyond the surface of boys' lives to the
often overlooked richness and complexity of their inner lives. What else
contributed to the genesis of this work?
Three factors come to mind. My wife and I were at brunch with a woman friend of ours who is in publishing, and we were talking about the popularity of Mary Pipher's book on adolescent girls, Reviving Ophelia. At that time I had this nebulous book idea, one born of my years of studying and talking to an array of boys with an array of issues. Our conversation turned to the idea of a Reviving Ophelia for boys. What would define a book on male adolescents? What preconceptions and misconceptions about them deserved scrutiny and challenging? My wife, a therapist as well, thought that such a book was really needed, and encouraged the project.
The second catalyzing event involved conversations that I had had with Michael Thompson, who is at Belmont Hill, a boys' school comparable to the one at which I work, ...
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