Well written, Michael.
I am one of those older guys that are in therapy. And, what you say is absolutely true. Men are undermined from childhood by the social stigma that we are lesser beings if we share hard feelings. I made it through 57 years by “being a man” and “having a positive attitude.” I couldn’t even admit to myself that there was any kind of problem no matter what the symptoms that appeared.
Here’s a bit of what I’ve written about it.