Is the 'Midlife Crisis' a Real Thing?

Is the 'Midlife Crisis' a Real Thing?
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Middle age is often seen as life's pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling. As Victor Hugo said: “forty is the old age of youth” and “fifty the youth of old age”.

The idea adults in midlife face a dark night of the soul – or desperately escape from it, hair plugs flapping in a convertible's breeze – is deeply rooted.

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