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Facing the Fifties

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Table of Contents

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

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Dr Peter O'Connor was born in Melbourne in 1942 and is the middle son of an Australian-Irish Catholic family of five children. He was educated at Melbourne University and the University of Southern California. He has held various professional psychology positions both in Australia and the United Kingdom and has also lectured at the University of Melbourne. Since 1980 he has been in full-time private practice as a psychologist and psychotherapist and specialises in dream analysis groups. In addition to his practice he has written several books covering such areas as Jungian psychology, dreams and the psychology of men. He is best known for his book 'Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis'. 'Beyond the Mist' a book on Irish mythology is being published by Allen & Unwin in February 2001.

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