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.

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Molesley’s Dilemma

By Rebecca Coffey on April 26, 2016 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
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By Jennifer Haupt on April 25, 2016 in One True Thing
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Changing Career in Midlife and Later

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
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Long-Term Marijuana Dependence Linked to Problems at Midlife

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Midlife - When We Want Happiness Now

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Gregg Levoy on Meaningful Work

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Managing Midlife Malaise

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
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5 Reasons the 'Mid-Life Crisis' Theory May Be a Myth

By Christopher Bergland on January 12, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
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Will Moving Make Me Happier?

By Brad Waters on December 16, 2015 in Design Your Path
People move to find something. Find work. Find love. Find happiness. Find themselves. Does moving actually help us find what we’re looking for?

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By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
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Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying Young?

By Christopher Bergland on November 04, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
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How to Think Outside the Box

By Patty Chang Anker on October 31, 2015 in Some Nerve
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The Boomers, the "Old-Old," and In-Between: Four New Takes

By Karl Pillemer Ph.D. on October 24, 2015 in Lessons for Loving
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Do You Lie About Your Age?

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Lost With Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 in iAge
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Good, Better and Best Advice for Life After 50

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Turning 50: Alison Bechdel’s Success and Mine

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on September 05, 2015 in Full Living
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When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 in And All That Jazz
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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

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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!
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