Howard Stern says therapy is what taught him how to 'be a man'

The longtime radio host is breaking the stigma of mental health for men and discussing how therapy changed his life.
2:47 | 05/14/19

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Transcript for Howard Stern says therapy is what taught him how to 'be a man'
We spoke about his personal evolution sparked by some intensive therapy. What was the first thing that got you in? I went through -- I was going through a divorce. I'm the father two three daughters. I didn't know -- I was scared out of my mind. I had been married most of my life. How am I going to have a successful relationship with any woman or man for that matter if I don't even know -- if I don't know what's up and what's down. And when I got into therapy, I had to start learning how to be a man. I didn't have any lessons. I didn't really have that level of communication with my own father. So you're learning how to become a man. When does it start to become apparent in your interviews? I never really had been alone in a room with a man where he heard me and listened to me and I describe in the book that when I -- the first session I went in, I'm sitting there and I'm telling him stories about my parents because I had never been to a psychiatrist. I needed a psychiatrist? I have it all together. I sit down and I'm doing some of the best radio routines I've ever done. Impressions of my mother and imprelths of my father. You're going to be the best The best patient because I got to be loved and he turned to me and he goes, none of this is funny and I was like, what -- hey, I do this for a living. No, he goes, why don't you get real with me, some of what you're telling me sounds very sad and yet you're laughing at it. Well, this was mind blowing to me. No one had ever said that to me and I never had a real conversation like that before and as the years went by, I got more and more turned on by being listened to. You're being heard but you're also shying more of a light on the people you're talking to. Going to Sirius XM and having four hours to do whatever I wanted and not having to worry about the size of the audience. Forget about the three people not listening to you. Let go of that and that's also what I had to work on this therapy. When I'm sitting there, I said, what would it be like to really hear what someone has to say. And it has led to some incredible conversation. It's great that he's gotten help and he's, you know, a softer, gentler Howard. Has he apologized to some -- He has reached out to some, he said and clearly says that he's embarrassed by a lot of things he has done in the past and stop doing some of the more outrageous things on camera. We have an extended cut on hulu and will air Thursday at:00 and 4:00 on ABC news live.

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