Wednesday, May 25, 2011


The healthy adult is one who can love and work (Sigmund Freud, 1935).

Two basic aspects of our lives do, however, dominate adult. Erik Erikson called them intimacy (forming close relationships) and generativity (being productive and supporting future generations).

One can live magnificantly in this world if one knows how to work and how to love (Leo Tolstoy, 1856).

We flirt, fall in love, and commit-one person at a time. Pair-bonding is a trademark of the human animal (Helen Fisher, 1993).

Adult bonds of love are most satisfying and enduring when marked by a similarity of interests and values, a sharing of emotional and material support and intimate self-disclosure.

Love intimacy, attachment, commitment; love by whatever name is central to healthy and happy adulthood.

For many adults, the answers to "Who are you?" depends a great deal on the answer to "What do you do?" For women and men, choosing a career path is difficult, especially in today's changing work environment.

Work can provide us with a sense of identity and competence and opportunities for accomplishment. Perhaps this is why challenging and interesting occupations enhance people's happiness.

And for those who choose to marry, it is having a partner who is a close, supportive and who sees you as special, and for some it includes having loving children whom you like and feel proud of.

Love and blessings,

Robert Malugu

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