If you are the parent of a teen, tween or young adult, you are probably at midlife (often defined as between the ages of 40 and 60, although this varies). As someone who is in that stage myself, I was very interested in reading Laura Lee Carter’s new book, Find Your Reason to Be Here: The Search for Meaning in Midlife.
Laura Lee Carter has become a Midlife expert, having researched and written a great deal about midlife. Her other writings include Midlife Magic: Becoming the Person You Are Inside and her blog, The Midlife Crisis Queen. I had not realized until I read this book that midlife is the stage of human development least researched, with childhood, adolescence and old age most focused upon. This makes Carters writings even more valuable.
Approximately the first half of Find Your Reason to Be Here: The Search for Meaning in Midlife is informational. I learned a great deal about midlife and the study of it. The second half is more advice driven and discusses dealing with midlife crises. I thought the combination was perfect.
I want to share with you some of the information that I found in Laura Lee Carter’s new book (Reading the book yourself, you will learn so much more):
- “Researchers found the risk of depression was lowest in those younger and older, and associated the middle-age years with the highest risk for depression among both men and women.”
- “I realize that our view of midlife does not begin to grow and change until we ourselves reach our 40s”.
- “The idea that is was normal for men to have a psychological crisis or shift in midlife gained popularity among Americans during this time (70s), but the fact that women were experiencing similar psychological transistions got lost in the shuffle.”
- The first major study of midlife in the U.S. did not occur until 1989 – The MIDUS study.