The Psychology of Retirement: Coping with the Transition from Work
January 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
The Psychology of Retirement is the first self-help guide to retirement based on highly proven psychological coping strategies.
- Provides the most comprehensive and coherent account of the challenges of retirement and the associated aging process
- Represents the culmination of over 30 years of clinical, teaching and research involvement in the main issues discussed within this book
- Draws systematically on applied scientific theories, accepted professional circles, which are interpreted and communicated by an applied scientist
- A constructive emphasis establishes the best possible coping strategies and perspectives
About this Book and Author ix
1. The Surprises of Retirement 1
2. Understanding Retirement 29
3. Reframing Retirement 55
4. Relating in Retirement 79
5. Supporting Retirement 99
6. Learning from Life 119
7. Learning for Life 139
8. Conclusions 159
Recommended Reading 187
Derek Milne retired as the Director of the Newcastle University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme in 2012. In addition to practicing as a clinical psychologist within the National Health Service (including work with older adults) and teaching within Higher Education, he has occupied the related roles of coach, sport and exercise psychologist, trainer, researcher, mentor and organizational consultant. He is the author of Wiley’s Evidence Based Clinical Supervision (2009).
“His rambling is marvellous, and clearly brought him pleasure.” (International Psychogeriatrics, 1 January 2014)
“As such, the book is not a source for researchers; the book is, however, a valuable addition to the self-help retirement literature that is mainly focused on financial planning for retirement.” (Australasian Journal on Ageing, 17 June 2013)
“In his clearly-written and thought-provoking new book, recently retired clinical psychologist, Derek Milne, helps to explain the issues facing those in retirement and presents practical solutions to deal with the sometime traumatic aspects of having a lot more time on our hands . . . The result is a book that is both intriguing and instructive.” (Mature Times, 25 February 2013)
“Incorporating the author’s personal experience, real-life case studies, the latest research and well-established theories, The Psychology of Retirement provides many insights and much food for thought concerning the nature of retirement and the new challenges and opportunities it represents.” (In My Prime, 1 February 2013)
“This book explicitly reframes retirement not as the retreat from the world of work but as a transition from paid employment to a new life phase, with new challenges and opportunities. Milne makes the point that it is important to take the transition to retirement seriously. He estimates that approximately one quarter of people who retire will experience it as a stressful, complicated transition and the book is intended to provide a ‘recipe’ for managing this.” (Therapy Today, June 2013)
This is a rich, positive insider’s guide to managing retirement. The author is in his own process of retiring and he offers an engaging, bold and accessible exploration of the everyday psychology in making the transition from work to a new beginning in life. The message is an inspirational one, backed up by science expertly and ably reviewed interspersed with real case examples. This book deserves to be the set text for anyone setting out on the journey towards their life after work. Thoughtful, practical and packed full of creative suggestions this book is the essential blueprint to retiring.—Ken Laidlaw, MA (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Whether it's spending more time with family or travelling to far-flung places, many of us look forward to retirement and a respite from working life. So why is it that, for up to a quarter of us, retirement turns out to be a stressful event for which we are often ill-prepared? And can we better equip ourselves in order to enjoy this new phase of life? In his clearly-written and thought-provoking new book, recently retired clinical psychologist, Derek Milne, helps to explain the issues facing those in retirement and presents practical solutions to deal with the sometime traumatic aspects of having a lot more time on our hands.
Incorporating personal experience, real-life case studies, the latest research and well-established theories concerning how individuals adapt to retirement, The Psychology of Retirement is the first book of its kind to draw on proven psychological coping strategies to aid the process of addressing the stress of retiring. The result is a book that is both intriguing and instructive. We understand why the transition to retirement is often perceived as a negative one - the end of good health, the end of financial stability and maybe the end of a sense of purpose. We are guided, step-by-step, through the various stages of retirement, from excitement to loss of confidence, acceptance to exploration, and are provided with a realistic and uncomplicated RECIPE* that, if followed, can help provide an optimistic and constructive approach to the retirement phase.
As Milne says, "One of the features of retirement is that we have a special opportunity to reflect constructively on our life, special because we now know better than ever that we should be making the most of our situation, probably have better resources for coping than ever before... and perhaps too an enhanced realization that "this is it": this could well be our final transition, so let's give it our best shot." A must-read book for anyone who is reaching retirement or has recently retired.
To speak to Derek Milne or for a review copy of The Psychology of Retirement, please contact: Michelle Martella at Wiley Tel: +1 201-748-6145/email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* The recipe for retirement:
Resources (e.g. sufficient money)