How Daddy Issues Show Up In Men

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Anti-social and risk-seeking behaviors

The studies also found that men with absent fathers are more likely to be anti-social than those with present fathers. So the self-proclaimed hermit or introvert in your life may have just had an absent father, meaning nobody encouraged him to be bold and make friends. The studies also found that boys with absent fathers can go on to seek out risky behaviors, such as doing drugs or getting into crime. These behaviors could be linked to a desire to soothe anxiety or depression (through the drugs) or back to the work ethic issues if the father wasn’t a good career role model (crime).

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