Facing the Fifties: From Denial to Reflection

Facing the Fifties: From Denial to Reflection

Facing the Fifties: From Denial to Reflection

Facing the Fifties: From Denial to Reflection

Excerpt

It is twenty years since I wrote Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis. The cohort that I was writing about then are now all in their mid- to late fifties, a very different stage in life from the mid-thirties. This book emerges out of a slowly maturing reflection on what being in the fifties is like and how it reflects, contrasts with, or continues the crises of mid-life.

These vaguely formed thoughts were given extra impetus through my professional work with groups of individuals wishing to explore their dream life. These are long-term groups, and over the past year or two an increasing number of members have moved into their fifties. It became readily apparent that this transition, engineered by our biological clocks, did not go unnoticed at the unconscious level, regardless of whether a person was focussing on it consciously or not. Dreams about ageing, conflict over appearances, sexual attractiveness, regrets about youth, anxieties about physical deterioration and finally acute anxiety about . . .

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