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Midlife Crisis

Midlife Crisis

We are biologically programmed to have some sort of mental crisis in the age group of 45 to 55 (the midlife).

Just as bodily changes occur during puberty and the teen years, the mind undergoes developmental stages of adjustments, with functions switching on and then switching off at a later stage of life.

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The teen years are a time when refinements in synapses and the brain wiring are happening, along with various biological changes due to the highly conspicuous social and psychological transformation. The brain is on overdrive due to a high level of diverse engagements like:

  • Romantic relationships.
  • Intimate bondings.
  • Independence from the family.
  • Exploring a career path.

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The adolescence principles seem to apply at our later stages of life, when we begin to lose neurons and synapses, reducing our ability to learn or grasp new information.

The biological transformations of the young and the elderly are like two sides of the same coin, and there is a complex interplay and connectedness between these two sides, which can lead to mental health issues.

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The decreasing body functions and ‘wear and tear in men who are in the plateau of midlife, is a normal occurrence and is experienced by everyone in varying degrees. The biological clocks inside us are keeping time for the onset of decline.

Simply put, midlife crisis is real and common.

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Any illness, physical or mental can be compounded by psychological stress and anxiety. Adolescence to adulthood comprises a tsunami of psychological changes.

These psychological and biological changes are in fact programmed developments of the body that may be parallel or corresponding to the changes that occur during midlife.

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  • The term "midlife crises" was coined in 1965, and reflects the dawning recognition of one's mortality where death becomes a personal matter.
  • According to Elliot Jaques, the key achievement of middle age is to move beyond youthful idealism to a constructive acceptance.
  • Other explanations are that it is when children may be leaving home, when chronic illnesses often make their first appearance, or when workplace demands may be peaking.

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Stages of Early Brain Development

Brain development happens at different rates for different parts of the brain but here are the major trends in the construction that takes place:

  • In the womb: folding of the brain's outer layer
  • Newborn - childhood: the brain grows gradually and continues to develop white matter pathways and maturity of movement and sensation
  • Adolescence: gray matter thins out; synapses scale back, and susceptibility to outside influence heightens
  • Early adulthood: the prefrontal cortex is still developing.

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Mid-career crises

A mid-career crisis can happen to anyone. It causes pain to the individual suffering from it and it also leads to productivity losses for employers.

A group of economists researchers found that mid-career crises are widespread and are not related just to the misfortune of a few individuals. They also found job satisfaction increases again and regularly reaches even higher levels than earlier in the career.

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