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May 16, 2001

PsychiatryThe Single Woman–Married Man Syndrome

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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JAMA. 2001;285(19):2513-2514. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2513-JBK0516-5-1

Stories of liaisons between single women and married men are common enough. We may dismiss the subject as too ordinary for psychological examination, place blame according to our prejudices, make a moral judgment, or take our pleasures in the gossip. A more thoughtful inquiry can illuminate such fundamental object-relations as male difficulties in maintaining a long-term marital attachment and a female predilection to masochistic adaptations. This book provides a balanced examination of the usually secret love affair and the inevitable interactions of control and power, dominance and submission, ambivalence and self-deception, intimacy and commitment.

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