Does Midlife Crisis Really Exist

Going through a midlife crisis is often associated with men buying sports cars or women taking up painting or poetry. But is a midlife crisis actually a real thing or is it something that was made up and has just become mainstream?


The short answer is yes. Warwick University studied 50,000 adults from Australia, Britain, and Germany and discovered that their life satisfaction followed a “U-Shape”. Happiness slowly decreased over time sloping down in the mid-thirties to the mid fifties. The lowest time is usually when men are between the ages of 35-44 and when women are between 45-54.

But some do not believe it should be called a midlife crisis which has a negative connotation but rather a midlife transition. Adults may start reassessing their identity and their role when a life changing event takes place such as a youngest child graduating from college or getting married, or a parent passing away.

Or perhaps they have reached a stage where they are unsatisfied with their work and income or have been reflecting and have unmet expectations. Around this age there are also many financial strains on adults as they are taking care of their children, themselves and perhaps their parents. Because of this adults may be enduring long working hours that are draining and may become depressed.

But going through a midlife transition is not always a negative experience. While some may have symptoms of depression and anxiety, others embrace this stage in life. Women tend to go back to school or follow goals that had to be put on hold while rearing the children. Going through a midlife crisis is a very real thing but nobody exactly knows why.

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