Understanding Men's Passages Discovering the New Map of Men's Lives

ISBN-10: 0345406907
ISBN-13: 9780345406903
Edition: N/A
Authors: Gail Sheehy
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Description: Her stunning bestsellers Passages and New Passages brilliantly mapped the changes we live through from youth to maturity. Now Gail Sheehy guides contemporary men through the turbulent challenges and surprising pleasures that begin at forty. As a man  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Her stunning bestsellers Passages and New Passages brilliantly mapped the changes we live through from youth to maturity. Now Gail Sheehy guides contemporary men through the turbulent challenges and surprising pleasures that begin at forty. As a man crosses that threshold, he is bound to ask midlife's most troubling question: Now what? Work anxieties, concerns over sexual potency, marital and family stress, issues of power, all take on new urgency as men contemplate the decades ahead. But as Gail Sheehy reveals in this major new book, midlife is precisely the period when men are most likely to reinvent themselves and become masters of their fate. In Understanding Men's Passages, Sheehy offers all men--and the women in their lives--an essential guide to self-discovery. Hundreds of bold, imaginative men--celebrities as well as everyday heroes--share here their most intimate desires, deepest fears, and most fervent cravings for renewal. Decade by decade, Sheehy uncovers the real issues facing men today: finding new passion and purpose to invigorate the second half of their lives, dealing with "manopause," surviving job change, enjoying post-nesting zest, defeating depression, and learning what keeps a man young. Informative and inspiring, grounded in fact and full of fascinating life stories, Understanding Men's Passages is a landmark that will take its place beside Gail Sheehy's epoch-making Passages and New Passages.

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
What Do Men Want?
It's a Guy Thing
Are You Prepared for Another Life?
But I'm Not Ready!
The Need to Know and the Fear of Knowing
The Eight-Hundred-Pound Gorilla
The New Map of Adult Life
The Wife's Nightmare
What to Do with All This Leftover Life?
Flourishing Forties
Why Do I Still Feel Like a Kid?
The Vanity Crisis
A Flagrant Freedom
The Father-Son Midlife Power Struggle
When You Comin' Home, Son?
The Dead Father
The Midlife Delinquent
Manhood on Trial
Yuppie Playing Catch-up
Banker "Excessed" at Home
The Sole Breadwinner's Insecurities
The Idealist's Angst
A Hard Time to Be a Man in His Forties
Confronting the "False Self"
Are You What You Smoke?
"The Big Impossible"
The Reluctant Father
First Fatality Jitters
Moving Up the Mortality Markers
Honor Among Men
Manly Sports: More Than Just a Game
Current Manhood Models
Married and Mortal
The Aha! Moment
The Heart of the Matter
The Stonewaller's Defense
The Trouble with Wives
Fearless Fifties
Passage to Your Second Adulthood
The Samson Complex
Mature Masculinity
Former Pro Football Star
Geezer in Graduate School
Globe-trotting Journalist Turns Gardener
The Fearless Professor
Beyond Power
Barry Diller's Search for Self
Prospero's Passage
Welcome to the Age of Influence
Redirect Your Life Before the Hammer Falls
The Dark Night of Joe O'Dell
Destructive Defenses
The Comeback of Joe O'Dell
They'll Never Fire Me
The Rebirth
The Window of Opportunity
Midlife Money Realities
What Could Spook John Wayne?
Give Up "I'm the Big Shot"
Building a Team
Opening the Spiritual Dimension
Find Your Passion and Pursue It
Love and War with Wives, Fathers, Children
From Competing to Connecting
Gender Crossover: Comfort or Crisis?
Coaching the Coach
Withholding Sex
The Safety Net Wife
Making the Crossover Work
Brain-Sex Changes
Mellowing Out
Empty Heart
Mr. Mom
Father Hunger
Letting Go of a Growing Son
How Many Men Friends Can You Count?
The Nest Is Empty -- Are You Ready for Love in the Morning?
Who's Afraid of Male Menopause?
The Male Sexual Life Cycle
Magical Expectations
The Male Sexual Life Cycle
The Unspeakable Passage
Men Behaving Intelligently
Mind over Manliness
Secrets of Perpetual Virility
Would You Rather Have Steak and a Smoke Than Be a Sexual Athlete?
Magic Bullets
When Sunday-Afternoon Football Is Better Than Sex
Free Testosterone!
DHEA: A Man's Master Hormone
Chemical Machismo
Couples Work
The Testimonial Woman
Teaming Up to Find the Right Treatment
Influential Sixties
Passage to the Age of Integrity
Secrets of Well-being in the Sixties
Imagining the Paul McCartney Retirement Home
Don't Retire! Redirect!
Looking for Your Postcareer Career
His and Her Retirement Fantasies
Progress Versus Despair
The Black Tempest
Don't Back Up, Severe Tire Damage!
Help Is Not Hard to Get
I Am Not Having a Heart Attack!
Absorbing the Blows of Fate
What Keeps a Man Young?
Unconventional Wisdom
Do Men Have to Die Earlier Than Women?
Unretired Champions
Growing and Regenerating Brain
Spiritual Hunger
Love in the Twilight of Life
A Lusty Winter
Appendices
Appendix A
Passage to Your Second Adulthood
Coping with Job Loss
Strategies for Surviving Job Loss in Middle Life
Resources: Career Counselors
Appendix B
Love and War with Wives, Fathers, Children
Resources: Couples Therapy
Appendix C
Secrets of Perpetual Virility
Shopping for a Doctor/Male Health Clinic
Resources: Physicians and Therapists for Sexual Health Issues
Appendix D
Passage to the Age of Integrity
Preretirement Couples Exercises
Appendix E
Progress Versus Despair
Warning Signs of Depression
Bibliography

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