mid-life crisis


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A popular term for a mental ‘crisis’ which occurs in a person’s ‘middle’ years—from late-30s to early 50s—when they reflect on life events to date vis-à-vis accomplishments and possible future accomplishments

mid-life crisis

A psychological upset, sometimes affecting people in middle age, who feel that their lives have become meaningless and devoid of satisfaction. This may lead to injudicious sacrifice of established achievement and a damaging change of lifestyle.
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Some of you out there may already be in full mid-life crisis swing and not even really realise it, thinking instead that you're just having a hard time of things at the moment.
Barack (if I may call the President by his Christian name) is just a little under two years younger than me, and so could be going through his own mid-life crisis.
However by 54, after suffering a mid-life crisis, things seem to get better as the first grandchild arrives greeted by retirement.
Relate said it shows the mid-life crisis, traditionally the territory of those in their late 40s to 50s, is affecting younger people.
Relate boss Claire Tyler said: "Traditionally we associate the mid-life crisis with people in their late 40s to 50s, but the report reveals that this period could be reaching people earlier than expected.
In 93% of cases it was the husband's mid-life crisis that caused the problems.
Now I can go and buy one without the wife accusing me of having a mid-life crisis.
According to the strapline for Zach Braffs' latest film The Last Kiss you are never too young for a mid-life crisis.
In Oaten's case, his hair-loss triggered a mid-life crisis leading him to have an affair with a rent-boy (as it does).
Over 35-year-olds should only buy it in black or risk betraying their mid-life crisis.
Based on the true story of an abortive attempt to kill the 37th American President, the film has Sean Penn as Samuel Bicke, a man going through a more severe mid-life crisis than most.

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