New Yorker Magazine’s Book Bench Column Profiles Niobe Way on Boys’ Deep Secrets

A new book by Niobe Way, professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology, is the subject of the New Yorker article, Ask an Academic: The Secret of Boys.

“What do boys want?” asks interviewer Vanna Le. Way answers, “Boys want “deep depth” friendships with other boys in which secrets are shared, trust is total, and they have the confidence that their friend will not betray them or laugh at them when they are feeling vulnerable.”

Way’s new book, Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard, 2011), the result of 15 years of study, debunks the age-old assumption that the capacity and need for close intimate relationships is inherently female.

To learn more about Way’s theory on gender, friendship, and intimacy, read In Studies Across Disciplines, Steinhardt’s Social Scientists Challenge Deeply Held Beliefs About Gender.