Bachelors: The Psychology of Men Who Haven't Married

Bachelors: The Psychology of Men Who Haven't Married

by Charles Waehler
     
 

An increasing number of Americans marry late or never at all. Today there are more than 3 million men who are at least 40 years old and have never been married. Waehler examines the myths surrounding bachelors, and he shows that stereotypes about never-married men are largely simplistic and inaccurate. Just as it would be impossible to make reliable statements

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Overview

An increasing number of Americans marry late or never at all. Today there are more than 3 million men who are at least 40 years old and have never been married. Waehler examines the myths surrounding bachelors, and he shows that stereotypes about never-married men are largely simplistic and inaccurate. Just as it would be impossible to make reliable statements about all people who have chosen to marry, the bachelor caricature falls short of reality. In this book, Waehler describes bachelors' internal processes and interpersonal styles along a continuum with three specific bachelor types: Flexible, Entrenched, and Conflicted.

Bachelors is the first and the only book to examine the inner workings of the bachelor mind. Waehler explores the psychology of never-married men and their choices, looking at similarities as well as differences. He looks at their conscious and unconscious psychological profiles, the experience within their families of origin, their relationships with women, their development through adulthood, and their beliefs about marriage. In the end, Waehler establishes patterns that lead to men maintaining their single status with varying degrees of satisfaction. He also provides practical advice on how to come to terms with various bachelor styles, or alternatively, how to successfully move from bachelorhood to marriage. Real life case studies are provided throughout, making this a book for the interested adult as well as researchers and other professionals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275956684
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.43(h) x 1.13(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Bachelor Stereotypes1
2Men, Marriage, and Mental Health17
3The Bachelor Personality: Core Elements35
4Bachelor Views of Marriage57
5Flexible Bachelors: A Question of Priorities77
6Entrenched Bachelors: The Pattern of Rigidity95
7Conflicted Bachelors: The Problem of Ambivalence109
8Bachelors Four Years Later127
9Options and Choices for Bachelors141
10Bachelors as Dates and Mates165
11Notes for Benefitting from Psychotherapy181
References199
Further Reading203
Index205

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