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The Psychology of Retirement: Coping with the Transition from Work

Book Description

The Psychology of Retirement is the first self-help guide to retirement based on highly proven psychological coping strategies.

  • Provides the most comprehensive and coherent account of the challenges of retirement and the associated aging process

  • Represents the culmination of over 30 years of clinical, teaching and research involvement in the main issues discussed within this book

  • Draws systematically on applied scientific theories, accepted professional circles, which are interpreted and communicated by an applied scientist

  • A constructive emphasis establishes the best possible coping strategies and perspectives

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. About this Book and Author
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. Chapter 1: The Surprises of Retirement
      1. Stress and Retirement
      2. About this Book
      3. “Trevor”: A Case Study of Retirement as a Trauma
      4. Understanding Stress
      5. Appraisals and Assumptions: Making Sense of Stressors
      6. The Importance of Coping
      7. How Are You Coping?
      8. Who are You?
      9. Putting it All in Context
      10. Redundancy and the Need for Work
      11. Retirement, Social Support, and Close Relationships
      12. Conclusions
      13. Notes
    8. Chapter 2: Understanding Retirement
      1. What is “Coping”?
      2. What is “Good” Coping?
      3. An Example: Coping with Imprisonment
      4. Research Findings
      5. The Example of Loneliness
      6. Case Study: Donald, a Teacher who Retired then was “Blinded by the Glare of Nothing”
      7. Under-Estimating the Importance of Work
      8. Vicious and Virtuous Coping Cycles
      9. Conclusions
      10. Notes
    9. Chapter 3: Reframing Retirement
      1. Case Study: Mae's Positive Perspective
      2. Thinking Straight
      3. The Good Life
      4. Excellence in Life
      5. Conclusions
      6. Notes
    10. Chapter 4: Relating in Retirement
      1. Intimate Relationships
      2. Partners and Depression: A Research Illustration
      3. Grandparenting
      4. Case Study: John and Kate Love Visiting Grandson Frank
      5. Companion Pets
      6. Conclusions
      7. Notes
    11. Chapter 5: Supporting Retirement
      1. Social Support
      2. Knowing One's Place
      3. Case Study: Gareth the Gardener
      4. Tourism
      5. Religion and Spirituality
      6. Conclusions
      7. Notes
    12. Chapter 6: Learning from Life
      1. Reflection
      2. Regrets
      3. Understanding
      4. Planning
      5. Doing
      6. Feeling
      7. Case Study: Ben and Katie – Different Experiences of Retiring
      8. Summary and Conclusion
      9. Notes
    13. Chapter 7: Learning for Life
      1. Mind Over Matter
      2. The “Inner Game”
      3. Exercise: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
      4. Case Study: Brian, being Exercised by Retirement
      5. Conclusions
      6. Notes
    14. Chapter 8: Conclusions
      1. Happiness
      2. Wealth and Happiness
      3. Wisdom
      4. Case Study: Dominic, the Long-Suffering Motor Engineer
      5. Conclusions
      6. Notes
    15. Recommended Reading
    16. Index