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A Life-Cycle Approach to Treating Couples by Anne K. Fishel

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CHAPTER 4

Midlife Couples

Increasing Demands of Work, Parenting, and Care-giving

Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But, we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.

—C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Compared to earlier stages, there is more variation in life paths as couples move into midlife, but there is less research to guide clinicians, particularly regarding couples who are other than heterosexual, middle-class White Americans ...

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