The psychology of postponement in the medical marriage.

@article{Gabbard1989ThePO,
  title={The psychology of postponement in the medical marriage.},
  author={Glen O. Gabbard and R W Menninger},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1989},
  volume={261 16},
  pages={2378-81}
}
Many physicians' marriages are characterized by a strategy of postponement. The demands of medical training, the rigors of establishing a practice, and the expectations of colleagues are often used as excuses to avoid emotional intimacy in the marital relationship. Attention to the needs of the marriage is regularly postponed until some indefinite point in the future, resulting in considerable covert marital discord. The psychology of postponement ultimately proves to be a psychology of… CONTINUE READING

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