It's time to bury the idea of having a midlife crisis
If you’re feeling the angst of middle age, take heart. Chances are good that you’ll emerge without resorting to a face-lift, pricey red convertible or fling with someone half your age.
Psychologists have known for decades that the midlife crisis is a myth, at least for most of us. But the idea has been difficult to eradicate from popular culture.
Studies going back 40 years have failed to find proof that people in middle age are predisposed to psychological trauma, said Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Yet, the cliché refuses to die.