Can You Survive Your Retirement

  • Leland P. Bradford
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


I was the chief executive of an organization I had helped found, as well as a professional behavioral scientist, and I should have known better. But I didn’t. After 25 years of working under the strain of building an organization, of interweaving the ideas and needs of the key staff with a multiplicity of outside forces, I was ready for the beautiful promised land of retirement. I persuaded my wife to leave our lovely Georgetown home and move to North Carolina, where I could golf to my heart’s content and enjoy relief from the stress of having to make daily decisions. I thought it would be just wonderful.


Marital Adjustment Empty Time Daily Decision Corporate Position Intrusion Problem 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leland P. Bradford
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  1. 1.ArlingtonUSA

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