43 THE OUTLAW RELATIONSHIP AS AN INTERTWINING OF TWO IDENTITY CRISES: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL/PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC REFLECTION UPON FEMALE AWAKENING AT LATE ADOLESCENCE AND MALE REJUVENATION AT MID-LIFE Richard J. Alapack The collision of two worlds is the subject matter of this investigation. A young woman and a middle-aged man meet, each ripe for an "Outlaw Relationship" (Alapack, 1975). She is poised on the ambiguous threshold of womanhood; he is caught upon the cutting edge between youth and old age. Both are ready to mount, and vulnerable to endure, a total invasion into each other's life. Their Outlaw Relationship inter- twines their life predicaments, refracting, like a prism, the meanings of their situation. 1 Coming to an Acquaintance with the Phenomenon As a psychotherapist, I have been a privileged listener to accounts of intense psycho-sexual-spiritual relationships told to me by both adoles- cents and adults. Likewise, as a researcher, I have asked people to describe their most intense and most poignant heterosexual relation- ships. Finally, I have struggled, as a fragile man, to grasp patterns in my own heterosexual involvements. My personal search continues, but I have gained sufficient distance to elaborate the structure of the Outlaw bond. What are the
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1986
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