Dealing with Mid-Life Crisis

Everything seems to happen at mid-life: The empty nest, menopause, affairs, and growing unhappiness with a job. It's no wonder you bought that red convertible. Interestingly, mid-life is more of an issue in some cultures than others. Western societies hold on to youth more tightly than others.

Recent posts on Mid-Life Crisis

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When Life is No Longer an Endless Upward Slope

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in This Is America
Although there may be no clear and compelling solutions to midlife crises, there are ways in which we can sort through some of the apprehensions and angst of adulthood.

Midlife and Having Extramarital Sex? The Numbers Are Rising

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in The New Resilience
A new survey reveals a surprising pattern.

52 Ways: A Story of Showing Love Through Food

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 10, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Feeding others shows love by providing for, nourishing, seducing, or delighting.
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Do You Build or Discover Your Life?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 19, 2017 in Fixing Families
You can approach to your life as a builder, blueprint in hand, or a discoverer, where you see where a path leads you. Qualities of each, and a possible middle ground

Who Do You Choose to Be?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on August 13, 2017 in Wander Woman
Whether you are wondering why you exist or looking to define the legacy you want to leave behind, these three steps will help you define your direction.

Rock Star Suicides

Why is depression a "demon" while cancer, MS, diabetes, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, and so many other conditions are simply deadly illnesses?

Regrets in Life: A Good or Bad Thing?

By Ray Williams on August 04, 2017 in Wired for Success
Which regrets are more powerful—the ones that involve mistakes we have made, or the ones that involve things we didn’t do?
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Jumping Off the Tenure-Track?

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in College Confidential
Feeling tempted to jump off the tenure-track? I get it! I did it. And so can you...

Moving Up Life's Ladder

If you want to improve your work situation, there is no time like the present. Maybe you want more hours; maybe you want fewer. Perhaps money is an issue, or you want a promotion.

The Power of Wakeup Calls

By Gregg Levoy on July 18, 2017 in Passion!
The purpose of wakeup calls is to awaken you to something you're ignoring. Here's how to make the most of them.

Part 1: Your Millennial Wants to Talk with You about Love

A new report from Harvard indicates that millennials long to talk with their parents about romantic relationships. Here's how to get your intergenerational love dialog started.

Old Selves and New

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on June 19, 2017 in I Hear You
Ever feel like one type of person in some relationships, and a completely different one in others? Here's how psychotherapy uses this phenomenon to bring about change and insight.

Taking to the Hut at Midlife

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
It may be time to shed your old skin and make space for something new. The hut can help.

The Power of Pilgrimage—Part 2: Designing Rites of Passage

By Gregg Levoy on May 23, 2017 in Passion!
Here are some practical tips for designing spiritual journeys—whether retreats, pilgrimages, or vision quests.

A Proposal to Provide Hope For Middle-Aged Men Left Behind

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Men's pain today has to do with relationships, not just employment

The Power of Pilgrimage (Part 1 of 2)

By Gregg Levoy on April 18, 2017 in Passion!
Questioning is at the heart of spiritual journeying, of leaving home for a time to seek answers to your burning questions. Here’s an argument in favor of taking up your bedroll.

A Really Big Question Part 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Two friends happen to meet at a coffee shop and get talking about the meaning of life. They end up opening a giant worm can of wondering.

How To Hang In There When Times Get Tough

I know that the pain of life—relationship breakups, job loss, the loss of loved ones, and other traumas—can set you back for quite a while. Living in your pain is not really living

The Big Myth That Losing Weight Will Extend Your Life

Losing weight can be hazardous to your health.

Therapy Adventures

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on March 07, 2017 in Minority Report
Have you ever experienced the transformational power of nature? If so, imagine how nature can act as the backdrop to healing, inspiration, and transformation when combined with...

Regular Aerobic Exercise in Midlife Protects the Aging Brain

By Christopher Bergland on February 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Regular aerobic exercise benefits the brain in surprising ways. New research suggests that regular aerobic exercise in midlife can optimize blood flow networks as the brain ages.
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5 Types of Decisions We Regret Most

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Science of Choice
Psychologists suggest that the capacity to acknowledge what is regrettable in life emerges from maturity and contributes to maturation itself.

Set Your Theme of the Year Before You Set Your Goals

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on January 01, 2017 in Wander Woman
Before setting, resetting, or trashing your goals, set a Focus or Theme for the year to ensure what you choose to do fulfills you.
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What Parents Have Trouble Admitting About College Admissions

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Emptying The Nest
Are you becoming overly preoccupied with your high school senior's college plans? Paying close attention to the underlying issues may help you and your child survive and thrive.

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.

Pandora’s Pillbox: The Age-Old Quest for Longer Lives

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in How We Do It
Prolonging human lifespan is a long-cherished goal. Medical science has boosted average life expectancy, but can it increase the maximum? Not according to evolutionary biology.

How to Reinvent Your Career

By Brad Waters on November 14, 2016 in Design Your Path
Feeling burned out or disinterested in your career? Here are concrete tips for paving a new path.

Myth: I’m Too Old to Find Love

Everyone dreams of finding sweet love.

Study: More Exercise Isn't Necessarily Better for Your Brain

By Christopher Bergland on September 10, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you hate to exercise? If so, I have good news. A new study reports that you do not have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the neuroprotective benefits of physical activity.

Should You Really Tell Your Partner Everything?

So many of us had negative experiences in our past revealing our feelings and needs. We have been shamed and blamed for feeling the way we do.