Buying a flashy red supercar. Marrying someone your daughter’s age. Twenty-five Dead and Company shows in the space of 50 days.
We all know the telltale signs of a midlife crisis … Or do we?
In a new story for NPR’s Morning Edition, author Barbara Bradley Hagerty argues that the midlife crisis — a term first coined by Canadian psychoanalyst Elliott Jaques in 1965 — doesn’t exist. After interviewing more than 400 people, Hagerty has arrived at the conclusion that despite changes in brain function, mood, physical ability and the possibility of a marriage slump, midlife is actually the peak of many people’s lives, both in terms of contentedness and intelligence.
Remember: age is just a number.