There is a period in the middle of adult’s lives when they start to experience changes in a how they look at life. This period often referred to as the mid-life crisis, is a period of self doubt often accompanied by depression when one starts to realize that their life is half over (Weaver, 2009). It is the period of life starting around age of 37 and continuing through one’s 50’s (Doheny, 2008). During this period a person may evaluate their past, consider their accomplishments, goals they haven’t met and then rethink their future. They may decide to set new goals. Today this period is acquiring a new name, mid-life transition; because it does not have to be a bad stage of life but a new beginning (Doheny, 2008). For better or worse it is
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According to Carl Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, people who find an underlying value of life, realize that having more is not necessarily better, those who experience a wholeness and harmony in their life overcome the crisis (Weaver, 2009). Jung also believed that the people, who accept themselves and other, prepare for death and not fear it, who understands this to be more important than material standards of life have a spiritual kind of inner peace (Weaver, 2009). According to Jung, this can be a time to look inward, find our true selves, and create a new environment to accommodate who we really are (Vickers-Willis, 2002). A kind of new beginning!
Throughout the years the mid-life crisis has been stereotyped as a period of time that affects only men, but men and women are equally affected by the mid-life crisis (Doheny, 2008). Men tend to look over their past and gauge the value of what they have accomplished, they also think of goals that have not met and the things they have not acquired like success in their career or material things (Doheny, 2008). The stereotype comes from the drastic actions some may take to make up for what they feel they have lost or missed out on, some quit their jobs, buy fancy sports cars they cannot afford, and some even have affairs (Doheny, 2008).
Although the mid-life