Midlife Crisis: Myth or Reality?

Written by Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance
Published on 06-12-2019

Debunking the Myth

Imagine, climbing a huge mountain for decades trying to reach the peak. When you’ve reached the top, the beautiful view you yearn for so long turns out to be nothing like you’ve ever imagined. In a bad way that is.

That, my dear friend, is a midlife crisis.

Since the term “Midlife Crisis” is not an official diagnosis, it is very difficult for researches to study. Researches vary with what constitutes a midlife crisis, as many factors come into play. For many, this is the time where most changes in their lives occur. From the passing of an aged parent to children growing up too fast. Working for a company for decades only to feel regretful of the career path they have chosen.

But is it a real phenomenon or is it just a myth? Are you affected by this? And is it true, the midlife crisis only occurs from a career perspective?

I have 3 articles to share with you this week on exploring the myth that is “Midlife Crisis”.

What Are The Signs Of A Midlife Crisis?

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Often, mental health issues are mistaken for a midlife crisis. This includes depression as well as dementia. This article will shed some light on the ongoing misdiagnosis as well as describing signs that are common amongst adults.

The Other Midlife Crisis: Your Aging Parents And You

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This experience does not only affect those questioning themselves in their career choices but hits somewhere close to home as well. Our aging parents, as well as our growing children, also plays a part in our peak years. From financial issues to time spent with them.

Why The ‘Midlife Crisis’ is just a myth?

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So to tackle the question at hand. Is midlife crisis a just a silly old myth like the Loch Ness Monster, or is it a real nightmare waiting for you right around the corner? Well, statistics from the Australian HILDA survey indeed shows that the lowest life satisfaction is around the age of 45. But does that mean anything? Find out more in this article.

Bonus: Midlife Crisis Needs a Rebranding Pash Pashkow | TEDx UCLA

I would also like to share a bonus video on “What if facing your mortality is the best thing that’s ever happened to you” by Pash Pashkow. A very experienced brand strategist, author, and educator, he is currently the Vice-president in Brand and Design at the ABC. So grab a warm cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy the video.

About Timeo-Performance

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We are in the Skills Business!

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Through recruitment, training and consulting, Timeo-Performance provides solutions for increased performance of companies, teams and individuals. As our clients are in the center of global business and often serve the APAC region, our solutions need to be sustainable in a multicultural and remote context.

Our joint venture with Akteos, the European leader in intercultural training, and partnership with digital learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge have therefore been organic and logical additions to our service. Timeo-Performance has been helping companies in APAC increase business performance since 2008 with offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

We love what we do, feel the Timeo-Performance experience!

Timeo-Performance 150 Cecil Street #15-01 | Singapore 069543 | +65 6327 9218 | contact@timeo-performance.com | www.timeo-performance.com 



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Isabelle Larche
Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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