Are you going through a midlife crisis?
From buying cars to quitting jobs, we all have heard stories about midlife crises. With a dramatic decrease in self-reported happiness during middle age, it is important to find ways to come to term with middle-age reflection of life.
Psychologist Elliot Jaques created the term midlife crisis to define the emergence of recognizing one’s mortality that transpires ages 40 to 65 years old, according to Psychology Today. Jaques suggested this happens once an adult reaches full maturity and overcomes denial of aging.
“During my time working with a range of adults, I have not seen any evidence that a ‘mid-life crisis’ will occur for many,” Dr. Krippner says. “But I regularly see individuals who are somewhere in the middle of their life who review their life currently and previously.”
“I work with many people who consider what they had wanted to do with their life when they were young and how it compares to how their life has actually played out for them,” he says. “And I work with many people, especially older persons, who look back on their life and feel a sense of regret for things they have or have not done that have negatively affected their lives.”
Dr. Krippner suggests coping mechanisms such as:
- Focusing on accomplishments and successes
- Avoiding fixating on mistakes and failures
- Considering ways to be more productive and positive