Friendship in Midlife

With Reference to the Therapist and his Work
  • Robert A. Nemiroff
  • Calvin A. Colarusso
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


That statement, made over two decades ago, is still essentially true. The reasons are undoubtedly many. Among them are the relative youth of psychoanalysis as a science, an early peroccupation with psychopathology, and a later focus on development in childhood. Increasingly, in recent years the scope of interest and research has broadened to include the study of normality in the adult. In this chapter, we explore the developmental forces that shape normal midlife friendships and consider the effect of the therapist’s work on his or her own friendships, particularly those with colleagues and students.


Young Adulthood Developmental Task Sexual Object Direct Expression Personal Death 
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  • Robert A. Nemiroff
  • Calvin A. Colarusso

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