October 24, 2003 by

Shirley Glass


Categories: Medicine

sglass.jpgShirley Politzer Glass, a psychologist known as “the godmother of infidelity research,” died on Oct. 8 from breast cancer. She was 67.
Glass graduated with an education degree from the University of Maryland. She worked as a math teacher and school psychologist in the Baltimore City Public School system before receiving her doctorate in clinical-counseling psychology from Catholic University.
A licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist, Glass spent the past 25 years treating couples for relationship issues. She wrote an advice column for Electra/Oxygen, appeared on numerous television and radio shows and gave seminars on the trauma of infidelity. But she was best known for co-writing the 2003 book, “NOT Just Friends: Protect Your Relationship From Infidelity and Heal the Trauma of Betrayal,” with Jean C. Staeheli. She and Staeheli argued that “good” people in “good” marriages could be swept into an affair, and encouraged couples to talk about their infidelities as a way to get past the betrayal.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Barry S. Glass, and three children.
Glass’s 7 Tips for Preventing Infidelity

2 Responses to Shirley Glass

  1. mark

    Great book. I suggest it to all married people. Should be required reading before a marriage cerificate is issued!
    Shirley Glass and Willard Harley (Marriage Builders) saved my marriage and sanity.

  2. HW

    October 23, 2004
    there is no doubt that dr. glass’s book ‘not just friends’ is instumental in helping me and my husband consider trying to save our 14 year relationship after my recent discovery that he has had a 1 1/2 year long affair with a best friend who was around me all the time and a close confidante for the last 2 years of my life. the discovery has been an unbelievably painful and traumatic ordeal characterized by unthinkable deception and betrayal by 2 people i cared deeply about. i don’t think i could survive processing it without Dr. Glass’s insightfulness into these issues surrounding infidelity. I was so saddened to discover just now (by surfing the net tonight in order to gain more info about the author who has truly given me a few new seeds of inner strength and hope) that she died a year ago from breast cancer. My husband and i were actually thinking about writing her a letter to express our sincere gratitude for the book she and her co-authors published last year. it has been an invaluable resource during these times of pure emotional pain and hell in the most severe forms.

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