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These stimulating companion volumes reflect an expansion of the coverage of Wrightsman's earlier book Personality Development in Adulthood. They encourage readers to look at the evolving nature of their own lives, and include case studies throughout to illustrate concepts in a thought-provoking, non-technical manner.

Sexual Relationships and Marriage
Sexual relationships and marriage

Marriage is, remember, a male institution. Men created it, and men like it. Men need marriage more than women do and suffer more profoundly outside it.

Dalma Heyn

Is there life after marriage? Chapter 2 described the effort to escape the pervasiveness of the “one-career imperative” in contemporary society. An equivalent issue is the commitment to a lifetime marriage. Newspapers and magazines tell us of the increasing percentage of marriages that end in divorce. A dialectical analysis is useful here: At times, commitment to a marriage may be comfortable and reassuring; at other times, this commitment may be threatening. Perhaps this is one of the explanations for the fact that despite the centrality of “long-term marriage” as a value in ...

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