Coming to Age: The Croning Years and Late-Life by Jane R. Pretat

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Others, trained in his approach to the psyche, went on to practice and teach his depth psychology in other countries. Those who worked with Jung or with his students soon understood what he meant by the price one must pay for individuation: Clearly, no one develops his personality because somebody tells him that it would he useful or advisable to do so. Nature has never yet been taken in by well-meaning advice. . . . The development of personality is a favour that must he paid for dearly . .

1 While he wrote about metanoia as the outcome of his own midlife crises, it seems today to be equally if not more applicable to what I term "the croning years," the years of coming to age. Modern health care has made it possible to prolong not only our lives, but also our vitality. Hence we who are now in our fifties and sixties may well be the first generation in history that is neither young nor old for about twenty or twenty-five years of our post-midlives. My purpose in this book is not to develop a methodology for 1Symbols of Transformation, CW 5, p.

Though we are aching, inadequate wrecks, there are times when, in our hearts, we are incurably, deliciously young. I have no idea whether we should be or we should not be. 20 As a girl, I knew the childlike naturalness of my grandmothers and great aunts as they grew older. In their sixties they knew how to play and imagine in ways middle-aged parents had no time or patience to enjoy. Later I recognized this quality in older friends and in some of the women I worked with at a center for retired persons.

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