Bachelors: The Psychology of Men Who Haven't Married

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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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Waehler psychology, U. of Akron examines the psychology of never-married men, focusing on their psychological profiles, their experience within their families of origin, their relationships, and their development, choices, beliefs, and interpersonal styles. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES A. WAEHLER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Akron, and a psychotherapist with Cornerstone Psychological Services, both in Akron, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Bachelor Stereotypes 1
2 Men, Marriage, and Mental Health 17
3 The Bachelor Personality: Core Elements 35
4 Bachelor Views of Marriage 57
5 Flexible Bachelors: A Question of Priorities 77
6 Entrenched Bachelors: The Pattern of Rigidity 95
7 Conflicted Bachelors: The Problem of Ambivalence 109
8 Bachelors Four Years Later 127
9 Options and Choices for Bachelors 141
10 Bachelors as Dates and Mates 165
11 Notes for Benefitting from Psychotherapy 181
References 199
Further Reading 203
Index 205
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