Peter O'Connor (psychologist)

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Peter A. O’Connor is a retired psychologist who had a private psychotherapy practice in Melbourne, Australia.

O'Connor was born in Melbourne in 1942. A graduate of Melbourne University, he was Director of Counselling at the Marriage Guidance Council of Victoria for seven years. In 1972 he was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship and completed a PhD in marriage and family counselling at the University of Southern California. He has held several academic and clinical positions in Australia and overseas.[1] O'Connor has had a longstanding involvement in working therapeutically with men and is a former columnist with the Good Weekend magazine.[1]

O'Connor is the author of a number of books, including Mirror on Marriage (1973), Understanding Jung (1985), Dreams and the Search for Meaning (1986), The Inner Man (1993), Looking Inwards (2003) and Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis (1981) which is his best-known and most influential work.[1]

Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis[edit]

Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis is in its eighth printing.[2]

  • The mid-life crisis is a stage when many men and women are plagued by feelings that their life has no meaning or that their physical and mental powers are spent.
  • This time of apparent crisis can also be seen as a creative challenge, as a stimulus for deeper understanding and growth.
  • It can be a time of coming to terms with yourself, understanding more about yourself and a time for taking new directions.[2]

See also[edit]


  • O'Connor, P. (1981). Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis, Sun Australia, ISBN 0-7251-0374-4


  1. ^ a b c C. G. Jung Society of Sydney
  2. ^ a b O'Connor, P. (1981). Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis, Sun Australia, ISBN 0-7251-0374-4