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The Benefit of Support Groups

Retirement Diaries #9

In our society of vigorously focused achievers it is difficult for people to acknowledge any sense of failure. Those that are in that place experience loneliness and often the belief that they must ‘tough it out ‘on their own. In an isolated way they internalize problems and tend to exaggerate their complexity seeing them as being bigger and more overwhelming than they ought to be. What is needed is someone that can give them a more realistic view of the matter and perhaps help to reset unrealistic expectations and self-criticism.

Traditional psychotherapy used to be a one-on-one situation where a single therapist addresses the patient’s problem. These days prohibitive costs have established group therapy as a completely viable alternative option.

There are now group discussions and therapeutic groups for all kinds of specialist ailments and medical problems. Amongst the most known ones and a long-established successful organization is Alcoholics Anonymous. Because retirement can create such negative personal consequences retirement groups are also being established in the major centers. Retirees are encouraged to do internet searches to find out where they could connect with others in the same boat

Johann is the founding partner of Reset Retirement where we focus on assisting people with planning for the non-financial aspects of their lives after full-time work. He had a long career in executive search and leadership as the founding partner and chairman of Heidrick & Struggles in South Africa where he was the head of the company’s board practice.


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