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

When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 in And All That Jazz
For half of me, this is a dream come true. I’m revisiting my musical and reworking the script with my director Valeria and rewriting some songs with my composer Michael. The other half of me is feeling impostor syndrome for the first time since grad school – what the hell am I doing?

It’s Not Easy Being a Grown-Up

In many ways, as we get older life gets more complicated. When life throws you a painful curve it makes sense that the need for soothing dramatically increases. Being grown up doesn't mean that you’ve outgrown the right to get support!

Worried About a Midlife Crisis? Don't. There's No Such Thing

The midlife crisis is one of those urban legends that refuses to go away, no matter how much evidence question its universality. The latest evidence to refute the midlife crisis myth shows, yet again, that there are no massive personality upheavals when the decade marker strikes four-zero.

Nothing Says "Old Dude" Like Getting a Motorcycle

What is it with old dudes and motorcycles? Is it a last defiant statement that the real man hiding inside looks more like Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape" than Kevin James in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop?" Or is it the simple joy of having something powerful throbbing between your legs once again?

Finding Your Power Through Writing

The practice of writing, journaling in particular, can be a powerful tool to help you understand your passions and life purpose. Writing is a way to tap into your subconscious mind and learn about your true self. The transcendent feelings that comes in knowing this can be awe-inspiring and life-changing. The article also includes journaling prompts.

Getting Intentionally Lost Later in Life

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Listen Up!
As we age, taking a Time Out can be crucial to vital involvement in our life. How to create a space where we can renew and rediscover ourselves?

7 Lessons From the History of Adulthood

Lessons from the past that illuminate the present.

Goddesses: What Are Their Origins and Roles?

A recent birthday celebration reminded me of the importances of goddesses in our lives. We are different goddesses depending upon where we are in the life cycle. Athena, for example, puts career first, Hera puts marriage first, Artemis is the goddess of the hunt and saves other women and Aphrodite is the sensual lover. The wise woman arrives later in life.

How to Free Yourself From Regret, for Good

Many people feel regrets about past decisions and paths they took in their live, and they often feel trapped by the long-term consequences. But there's a different way of understanding the regrets, by learning how you have been changed by them in ways you might not realize.

How to Spend the Time You Have Left

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in A Sideways View
Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Are you living life to the full? Are you spending your time wisely?

Midlife: Adult's Prime

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 02, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Why middle age truly is the prime of life.

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

Je Suis Charlie: Courage, Commitment and the Cost of Freedom

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2015 in Evil Deeds
It is easy for Americans and French citizens to take our freedom for granted. But these violent attacks remind all of us that freedom is something precious and precarious, and that it takes great courage and commitment to affirm and maintain it. This is an existential truism not only for nations or cultures, but for patients in psychotherapy too.

What’s Your Vision of Retirement?

A new generation is redefining retirement

Why You and Your Siblings May Still Be Rivals

No matter how much siblings love each other, they’re bound to have their share of conflict, often over the attention of their parents. Whether you’re a sibling, or a parent of one, you know that sibling rivalry is real. Here are some insights to help you understand where it comes from and what the effects of parental favoritism can be over time.

Unearthing Ted Turner: "Last Stand" is a Fascinating Read

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 17, 2014 in Animal Emotions
Todd Wilkinson's book about Ted Turner called "Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet" tells it like it is. I really enjoyed Mr. Wilkinson’s book and was fortunate to do an interview with him about it and this fascinating and enigmatic man. There's tons of information between the covers of "Last Stand" that will be of great interest to a broad audience.

What Are the Best and Worst Times to Break Up?

The decision to end a relationship is never an easy one, and complicating the process is the question of when to make the break. Research on couples suggests that even those who break up at the “wrong” time may benefit from the support of family and friends.

Are Old People Really Happier?

By Robin Marantz Henig on December 06, 2014 in Cusp
Just yesterday morning New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote a column about the U-shaped curve of happiness called "Why Elders Smile." It is currently #1 on the most-emailed list at the Times. He says old people "are spared some of the burden of thinking about the future." Um, why is this a good thing, exactly?

The Marshmallow Test, “Willpower” and ADHD, Part 1

By Thomas E Brown Ph.D. on December 02, 2014 in The Mysteries of ADD
What made it possible for some preschoolers to wait longer for the bigger reward when others could not wait?

The Memory of a Great Love

Like a parachute, a heart can open fully; a person can, even after a long fall out of love, survive.

Why We Judge Our Friends

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on November 29, 2014 in Insight Is 20/20
You may want to believe you don't judge your best friend, but social judgments may be an inevitable part of human relationships.

Could You Ever Stay in a Loveless Marriage? Some Are Trying.

There's now a way that unhappy couples with kids can stay and go at the same time.

Your Teen’s Brain On Weed: Is It Safe?

By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D. on November 19, 2014 in Beyond the Label
Ever since Colorado legalized recreational cannabis use ten months ago, parents have been asking me if it is really safe for their teen. They remember weekends of smoking during college and think that it is harmless. On the other hand, teenagers to young adults have assumed that such use is normal and perfectly o.k. However, recent research suggests otherwise.

The Problem of Desire

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 06, 2014 in Hide and Seek
The psychology and philosophy of desire.

Breaking up Schizophrenia?

The road ahead may well be tough. Nature’s easiest secrets were discovered long ago. But we will never get there if we insist on studying schizophrenia as though it were a homogeneous entity.

This Is NOT Your Brain on Drugs

By Sean X. Luo M.D., Ph.D. on November 02, 2014 in Hooked on Patterns
Popular coverage of neuroimaging of substance abuse is often woefully unsophisticated: this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs. This creates completely false impressions of how these studies are done, what they really say and what they really mean. This practice really needs to stop.

The Root Cause of Stress in Kids

By Tim Elmore on October 30, 2014 in Artificial Maturity
Know why so many kids are stressed out and “failing to launch” into adulthood?

Doing a Phd.

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 26, 2014 in A Sideways View
Do you want to be called Dr? What does doing a PhD really involve? Will you ever get your investment back? How are the examined and what are the key features in passing?

Do You Know Your Fitness Age?

As much as many people would like to turn back the clock on their age, up until now it hasn’t been a very feasible goal. However, new research on the concept of fitness age shows that you’re more in control than you think of the way your body keeps track of time.

ADHD Myths and Facts

Learn more about the myths and facts of this diagnosis.