There are just 2 options you have when you’re faced with Mid-Life stress: allow it to become a Crisis and get Depressed evaluate your life and see it as an Opportunity for Growth!
The term Mid-Life crisis was coined in 1965 by Elliott Jaques and gained a lot of popularity from the 1980′s. This was seen as a time from one’s 40′s-60′s when there comes a realization that Half your Life may already be over, and you start wondering how much Time is left!
Research shows us that there are many reasons that a person experiences Mid-Life stress; from the Death of a Parent, to children leaving home for College, to an honest evaluation of your Career, or a ‘zero’ birthday that signals a new decade; and also the very fact that your body is aging! However people act differently during this period. In fact, researchers now do not like using the term ‘Crisis’ simply because while for some it may bring about Depression; for others it’s a period of change and Growth! Eventually it all depends on how people react to what a lot of researchers are now terming as a natural transition stage in Adult growth.
While in America, about 10% of the population experience Mid-Life crisis; some cultures like the Indian and Japanese seem to be insulated from this crisis – giving the possibility that it is a cultural phenomenon owing to the ‘culture of Youth’ more predominant in the West. The age for the onset of mid-life stress has reduced to about 37 – one’s 50′s.
Also, Men and Women respond differently to this phenomenon – for Men it typically lasts 3-10 years while for Women 2-5 years. Men often analyze their Dreams v/s […]