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Finding meaning in the second half of life

Author: James Hollis
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What does it really mean to be a grown up in today?s world? We generally recognize only three developmental periods of life?childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We assume that once we "get it together" with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood itself presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Hollis
ISBN: 1592401201 9781592401208 9781592402076 1592402070
OCLC Number: 57352783
Description: 276 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The dark wood --
Expensive ghosts: how did we get to this point? --
Becoming who we think we are --
The collision of selves --
Barriers to transformation --
The dynamics of intimate relationship --
The family during the second half of life --
Career versus vocation --
The new myth emerging from the psychopathology of everyday life --
Recovering mature spirituality in a material age --
Swampland visitations --
The healing of the soul.
Responsibility: James Hollis.
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"What does it really mean to be a grown up in today?s world? We generally recognize only three developmental periods of life?childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We assume that once we "get it together" with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood itself presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the age of thirty-five and seventy when we question the choices we?ve made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck?commonly known as the "midlife crisis.""--The publisher.

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