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Facing the Fifties : From Denial to Reflection - Peter O'Connor

Facing the Fifties

From Denial to Reflection

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The decade between fifty and sixty is uncharted territory, a phase of life that is largely ignored. Yet for many people it's a time of turbulent change as they face the loss of youthfulness, menopause, perhaps redundancy, retirement, a new role as children leave home, and the decline or death of their parents. Dr Peter O'Connor, who previously examined the mid-life years in Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis, now explores the meaning of the fifties transition...Peter O'Connor draws on interviews with men and women in their fifties as well as his wide experience as a psychologist to redefine this vital stage, which can be as potent as adolescence. Facing the fifties suggests a rite of passage that allows us to mourn what is lost and celebrate new possibilities as we grow older. Thoughtful, challenging, and sometimes controversial, it offers a map for the journey towards a renewed sense of self, and a valued place in society.

1. Ageing or old?..2. The life and death forces: eros and thanatos..3. Rite of passage.. Separation and mourning.. Women and the loss of youth.. Men and the loss of youth.. Fifty or fifteen?..4. Marriage, the empty nest and the true self..5. Androgyny in the fifties..6. The grandparenting phase: renewal or decay?..7. Work and the fifties.. Doing rather than being..8.Betwixt and between: liminality and initiation.. Mythology as a guide to the rite of passage.. Death and liminality..8. The return: the late fifties..Index

ISBN: 9781741151329
ISBN-10: 1741151325
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st August 2000
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1