The Art of Midlife: Courage and Creative Living for Women

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than to pass through time paying attention only to the endless tasks that have gone before in our lives.25 The beauty of the middle years is that we are at a place in the journey where we can appreciate engagement in any work or play as an expression of our productivity and creativity. In that way, we prepare for the personal losses of old age and eventual death by actually living a bit. In a culture that privileges youth, we must learn to value age. We can enjoy in the present rather than live only with memories of the past or dreams of the future.


NOTES

Quote in chapter title is from Carl Jung, ( 1971), The portable Jung (see note 1).

1.
Carl Jung, ( 1971), The stages of life, in J. Campbell (Ed.), The portable Jung ( New York: Viking), p. 12. Original work published 1931.
2.
Maureen Murphy, ( 1992), "Psychoanalytic treatment at midlife", Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 10( 1):61.
3.
Elliot Jaques, ( 1965), "Death and the midlife crisis", International Journal of Psychoanalysis 46:502-14.
4.
Daniel Levinson, ( 1978), The seasons of a man's life ( New York: Ballantine Books).
5.
David Chiriboga, ( 1981), The developmental psychology of middle age, in J. Howell (Ed.), Modern perspectives in the psychiatry of middle age ( New York: Brunner/Mazel), pp. 3-25; Bernice Neugarten, ( 1968a), The awareness of middle age, in B. Neugarten (Ed.), Middle age and aging ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp. 93-98.
6.
Barbara J. Reinke, ( 1985), "Psychosocial changes as a function of chronological age", Human Development 28:266-69.
7.
Valory Mitchell and Ravenna Helson, ( 1990), "Women's prime of life: Is it the 50s?" Psychology of Women Quarterly 14:452.
8.
Joan Mills, quoted in L. Clark (Ed.), ( 1977), Women women women: Quips, quotes, and commentary ( New York: Drake), p. 15.
9.
K. Warner Schaie,( 1994), "The course of adult intellectual development", American Psychologist 49( 4):304-13.
10.
Helen Meyers, ( 1989), The impact of teenaged children on parents, in J. Oldham and R. Liebert (Eds.), The middle years: New psychoanalytic perspectives ( New Haven: Yale University Press), pp. 75-88.
11.
Simone de Beauvoir, quoted in Carolyn Heilbrun, ( 1991, Summer), Naming a new rite of passage, Smith Alumnae Quarterly, pp. 26-28.
12.
Meyers, The impact.
13.
Schaie, The course; Steven Roose and Herbert Pardes, ( 1989), "Biological considerations in the middle years", in Oldham and Liebert (Eds.), The middle years, pp. 179-90.
14.
Marjorie Fiske Lowenthal, Majda Thurnher, and David Chiriboga and associates, ( 1975), Four stages of life ( San Francisco: Jossey-Bass).
15.
Meyers, The impact.
16.
Erik Erikson, ( 1950), Childhood and society ( New York: Norton), pp. 266- 67.

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