believe Stack set fire to his house near Parmer and Metric in Northwest Austinthirty minutes before he crashed his single-engine jet into an IRS buildingThursday morning.Stack's wife, Sheryl, taught piano lessons from the home. Neighbors say Mrs.Stack and her daughter were friendly and more outgoing than Andrew JosephStack. Many in this neighborhood were shocked to learn the fire could beconnected to the plane crash."As the pieces started fitting together, it became a thing that was difficult tounderstand. How could this happen, and how could someone be so troubled bylife that they would take their own life and put other people's lives in danger aswell," neighbor Elbert Hutchins said.There are millions of men in America who could be the next Joe Stack. If weare going to prevent further tragedy, we need to better understand what is goingon with these men. To do that, we need to understand more about the IrritableMale Syndrome.
The Irritable Male Syndrome Story
In order to get a clear understanding of IMS it helps to know the story. Whenwriting my book,
I discovered how significant hormonalchanges were in the lives of these men. Though mid-life men are still reluctant torecognize how much of their lives are influenced by hormonal shifts, womenimmediately “got it.” “I
there was something ‘hormonal’ about his behavior,”many women told me in talking about their mates. Now, a lot of his behavior makes sense.”Another thing that became evident was how similar mid-life male changeswere to the changes that young men go through between 15 and 25 as theymake the transition from childhood to adulthood. Both groups of males areexperiencing significant hormonal changes. Both groups went through markedemotional ups and downs. Both were sorting out and dealing with developing anew identity.I saw much stress these men were under, much of it beyond and outside their awareness. They expressed their stress in different ways. Some drank, othersbecame depressed. Some became aggressive, others withdrew and hid. Somehad heart attacks, others had nervous breakdowns.I found that men going through andropause were expressing a constellationof feelings and behaviors that seemed to express different aspects andintensities of “irritability.” These included such things as: hypersensitivity,impatience, anger, blame, defensiveness, arguing, sullenness, silence, andwithdrawal. Further these men went from being nice and considerate to being