Secret Paths: Women in the New Midlife

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 347 pages
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Drawing on detailed interviews with women in their forties and fifties, Apter finds that women in midlife undergo a series of changes through which they develop a newly powerful sense of their own identity. She sees midlife as a time when women gain greater control over their decisions and a strengthened sense of their potential. While other writers have seen midlife for women as a time dominated by biological changes associated with menopause, Apter looks at midlife passage through women's psychology. She debunks the myths associated with women's fear of aging and decreased attractiveness. Though this once was thought to cause anxiety and depression, Apter finds that women deliberately negotiate an acceptance of who they are physically, and resist cultural images that marginalize them. While "midlife crisis" for some men is associated with a last-ditch attempt to hold on to their youth, for women it is an attempt to refocus their energies for the future.
  

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Not just another tract on menopause, this book argues that midlife is a time of psychological rather than biological adjustment for women, who (unlike men) aren't as interested in hanging on to youth ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction Crisis of a New Breed
17
Redefining Beauty
49
Changing
78
Plans
112
Expanding Horizons
150
Menopause
201
the Way Ahead
218
What Do Women Learn?
240
Daughters and Their Mothers
270
Passing It On
301
Epilogue
315
Ref erences
339
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Terri Apter is a social psychologist and researcher at Cambridge University in England.

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