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What is the ‘young midlife crisis’?

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One of the defining characteristics of a midlife crisis is being in your midlife, the clue is in the title right? WRONG! Traditionally the midlife crisis was known to affect people who are in their 40s or older, but that is changing. People are exhibiting the symptoms of a midlife crisis as early as 25 […]

How many people have a midlife crisis?

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There is no formal answer to this question. Because a midlife crisis is not recognized as a medical condition (see more about this in our article ‘what is a midlife crisis?’) there are no statistics on the condition. Psychological studies and media surveys put the figure at around 10% of the male population (these figures […]

The origins of midlife crisis

Origins of a Midlife Crisis

The first recognized reference to midlife crisis came in 1965 when noted Psychologst Elliot Jaques published the article entitled “Death and the Midlife Crisis,” written for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. In the article Jaques described how midlife is comparable to the ‘peak’ of one’s life, the period immediately prior to being ‘over the hill’. This peak is […]

What is a midlife crisis?

What is a midlife crisis?

There are many definitions of a midlife crisis, here are the three most common dictionary definitions: The Oxford English Dictionary defines a mid-life crisis as “an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age” An alternative definition is given by Webster’s: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age caused […]

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