Thursday, February 11, 2010

The pursuit of happiness

The National Enquirer reports that John Edwards has proposed to Rielle Hunter, the actress/videographer with whom he had a child while his wife was fighting a relapse of breast cancer during the 2008 presidential campaign. For the sake of argument, let's assume that the NE is again right - as when it derailed Edwards's efforts to conceal his relationship with Hunter. Someone in his 50s leaves behind a former wife dying of cancer, with whom he had four children (the first died at 17 in a car crash); and moves on to remarry and have another shot at matrimonial happiness with the mother of his fifth child. I am wondering if psychologists and all sorts of therapists would see this as resilience and healthy coping with a life crisis.