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Midlife Crisis, What Are The Odds? Part IINo Comments

  1. In medicine and psychology, a syndrome is the association of several clinically recognizable features, signs (observed by someone other than the patient), symptoms (reported by the patient), phenomena or characteristics that often occur together, so that the presence of one or more features alerts the healthcare provider to the possible presence of the others…

  2. Schizophrenics would not report that they have a problem.

    I think it's fascinating that "only" 10 or 12% of men can be expected to experience a crisis. That seems like a huge portion, particularly given the severity of the consequences–the devastation wrought.

    One cannot ignore that so many of us refer to "the MLC script" wherein behaviors, words, timelines, family histories are strikingly similar.

    I suppose one might approach a refutation of MLC from the declaration that "all or most men experience an age-related crisis." Because I, too, would have to wholeheartedly disagree. I think most people, at least in Western culture, do experience a certain sense of dread or regret with aging–the physical changes in particular, the fear of feeling irrelevant sexually and thus socially–but most, by far, do not experience a crisis of the sort that we LBS's are witnessing or have witnessed.

    Do I think that all mid-life affairs fit the description of MLC? No, I don't–particularly if they are an extension of long-term and historical feelings of entitlement or narcissism. But the personality changes, the abrupt abandonment of what was once a seemingly mutually respectful and loving relationship and children, the wild spending of money, the "ILYBINILWY" speeches–there's something to this syndrome that should not be ignored.

    I'm with you on this one, RCR, and I deeply appreciate the research and forum you have provided–it's brought immeasurable comfort to many, and compassion for the MLCer as well.

  3. Some of my thoughts a little late on this article, but how about myself?
    Am I in a MLC. I don't think so, I am an LBS.

    HOWEVER I am in midlife and I certainly have now been through a crisis.
    So my opinion is to take your statistics and double them, to account for people that
    are LBS.

    Does that make sense?

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