In the book Modern Man in Search of a Soul, Carl Jung said of the movement into midlife:
Wholly unprepared, we embark upon the second half of life. . .
we take the step into the afternoon of life;
worse still we take the step with the false assumption
that our truths and ideals will serve us as before.
But we cannot live in the afternoon of life
according to life’s morning–
for what was great in the morning
will be little at evening, and
what in the morning was true
will at evening have become a lie.
It is safe to say that Jung subscribed to the idea that individuals are prone to an experience of psychological torment sometime during the middle years of their lives. Although the prevailing research suggests that a “midlife crisis” is not an inevitability for people during these years, demonstrate that you understand the real life factors that could play a role in an individual experiencing something akin to what Jung was talking about. What challenges do we all experience as we move through the “afternoon of life”? In addition, discuss the opportunities and benefits provided by middle adulthood.
What great things of youth might lose their luster in the years of midlife?
What are some common events during midlife that may challenge individuals as they develop through this stage?
What factors in middle adulthood provide opportunities for greater biological, cognitive and psychosocial well-being?
Additionally, what other factors could affect our psychological state in middle adulthood (culture, politics, economics, etc.)?
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