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Wen-wu is a Chinese conceptualization of masculinity that strikes a balance between wen (i.e., literary strength) and wu (i.e., physical strength). This concept can be readily applied to a mental health setting when working with male clients. The present treatise outlines the concept of wen-wu and provides suggestions for use in clinical work. Applying this concept in counseling promotes the construction of wellness plans and facilitates discussions about masculinity.

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Schermer, T. W. (2010). Wen-Wu in Counseling with Men, Michigan Journal of Counseling, 37(2), 13-17. doi:10.22237/mijoc/1291161720





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