Mama's Boys

How do boys' relationships with their mothers influence who they grow up to become? Cristen and Caroline unpack the psychology of "mama's boys" and the unique dynamics of mother-son bonding.

Episode sources:

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"Italian 'mummy's boys' told by Church that 'mamma' one of the biggest risks to marriage" by Josephine McKenna. The Telegraph. Feb. 16, 2014.

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Topics in this Podcast: parenting, homophobia, best of 2014 men