Morton Hunt has done a good deal of motivational research in other areas (Her Infinite Variety-- women; The Talking Cure;...

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THE WORLD OF THE FORMERLY MARRIED

Morton Hunt has done a good deal of motivational research in other areas (Her Infinite Variety-- women; The Talking Cure; The Natural History of Love) and this is a non-judgmental look at how the formerly married (divorced or separated) live. It is a somewhat submerged ""subculture"" made up actually of people who are more lower than middle class, more parental than non-parental, and more middle-aged than youthful. This report, which does not explore causative factors, is based on an aggregate of firsthand material as well as the prevalent popular literature. It cruises, with considerable human interest, through the troubled aftermath of the divorce; the first reactions, sometimes euphoric, sometimes depressed, but almost universally lonely; the various brokerage outfits on the ""standard and poor"" market-place; the subsequent dating, sexual activity, affairs (usually ""restorative and reassuring"") which follow; the residual relationships with former partners (habit, guilt, anger); to the probable remarriages which take place and more often than not are successful... Recently Cleveland Amory quipped about a current political candidate: ""He's certain to get the divorce vote and remember that's one in four these days."" Count on some of that figure, confirmed here, and hope -- prophylactically-- for others. Hunt processes his material in a thoroughly professional manner.

Pub Date: Nov. 11, 1966

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1966