Is there such a thing as a midlife crisis?


After completing the readings in Unit 6 and further researching the topic, post a two-paragraph response to the following:

Is there such a thing as a midlife crisis? Discuss the idea of a midlife crisis in terms of the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes in middle adulthood. Also:

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  • If you believe there is such a thing as a midlife crisis, what developmental changes in middle adulthood might be the cause? Why do some middle-aged people experience it and others do not?
  • If you do not believe that a midlife crisis exists, explain why you think this myth perpetuates in our society. What developmental changes (or perhaps stages, i.e. Erikson or Maslow) might be mistaken for a midlife crisis?

Please make sure that your discussion comments abide by the Netiquette policy outlined in the syllabus.