*** g03 10/22 p. 28 Watching the World *** “Quarter-Life Crisis” The “golden twenties” ought to be “the ideal time for a happy, relaxed life,” says the German newspaper Gießener Allgemeine. “Puberty is over with, and a mid-life crisis is still far off.” But instead of being happy and relaxed, a growing number of 20-somethings are facing what specialists call a quarter-life crisis. The term “stands for the identity crisis young people suffer when they are about to finish their education and have to decide what to do with the rest of their life,” says the paper. Mannheim psychologist Christiane Papastefanou explains that social developments in recent years contribute to anxiety about the future. Additionally, given the large number of job possibilities and life-style options available today, some young people fear making the wrong choice. However, Papastefanou, quoted in the German paper, believes that decisions are not irrevocable and that it is not wrong to make “a few detours on the road through life.”
Basically ... when somebody reaches their mid-40s to 50s ... and thinks they haven't "been successful" in life, or "doesn't have anything to show" for it ... and they change careers, get more education, buy fancy toys (EG: sports cars), get divorced or married, or some other "big move".
it happens when someone realizes their own mortality..then they think O NO I'm gonna die without ever having this or done that. they think "is this it?" is this how my life is gonna be? so then they start changing things ..
You don't have to have had a crappy life to go through this, just getting older and knowing your young days are over and your old now, I think that's why it happens. A divorce and financial reasons go along with it but only some people really go through the crisis. You go through so many changes in all areas of life as you age and for some people it's too much to handle until they get used to the idea!