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The Psychology of Retirement: Coping with the Transition from Work

The Psychology of Retirement: Coping with the Transition from Work

Derek L. Milne

ISBN: 978-1-118-40868-1

Nov 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

208 pages


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

Acknowledgments xi

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

Notes 177

Recommended Reading 187

Index 189

“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)

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