All children dream of becoming adults. But what happens when there comes the long-awaited time? Carefree time behind and in front of endless duties and responsibilities, test their capabilities. The word “need” and “needs” rooted in the lexicon. The person is under the hood of their own hopes, broken and confused. Psychologists call this condition a quarter life crisis. This article will look at the description, causes and ways of overcoming this psychological phenomenon.
The quarter life Crisis covers the period from 20 to 35 years. Sometimes the beginning of it coincides with the transition of a teenager into adulthood. Before a person gets serious choice. Which way to go next? What is more important: self-actualization or personal life? These questions evoke a sense of loss, confusion, fear, disappointment.
The Term ‘quarter life crisis" was first used in the book 2001, and formulated by analogy with mid-life crisis. The authors were two 25-year-old American Abby Wilner and Alexandra Robbins, working at the New Yorker magazine. They both have experienced similar experiences.
The Study of the psychological state began Erik Erikson in the 90-ies. He proposed the concept of the eight crises that people are usually faced during your development. One of the first is “the crisis reach”. According to psychologist, in the period from 18 to 25 years young people are particularly keen to establish “intensive” romance. In case of failure in the personal sphere there is a feeling of loneliness and depression. They will inevitably affect all areas of human life, introducing the imbalance.
In Addition to depressive moods, a list of the signs of the quarter life crisis includes and other phenomena. They help “diagnosis”.
The Presence of at least one symptom is alarming. You must find the causes of psychological stagnation.
The quarter life Crisis, like any other phenomenon, has its origins. Among them, experts have identified three main
Some psychologists associate the concept of quarter life crisis with the generation Y. these are young people born after 1981. They deliberately delay the transition to adulthood, remaining longer in the parental home.
A researcher from the University of Greenwich (London) Oliver Robinson for several years studied the mechanisms of a quarterlife crisis. According to them, this phenomenon usually lasts two years and ends with a positive result. Man alone is aware of the problem and after considering several options it finds a good solution. During this time he undergoes the four phases of the quarter life crisis:
Despite the complexity of the process, the researcher Robinson is sure that it leads to positive changes. Walk this path – one of the key elements of self-development.
However, in rare cases, the process is delayed. This is due to different factors: physical and mental health, living conditions, environment and other things. A reasonable question arises: "How to overcome a quarter life crisis?" Specialists in this respect there are a few universal tips. Use them quickly, painlessly and most beneficial to avoid this period.
This is the most common mistake of the young generation. Guided by social stigma and pressure of senior man afraid of inconsistencies. He believes that living wrong that needs to do more to his age, to be socially above… How to cope with a quarter life crisis in this case?
In fact, if everything's going this way, then that only speaks to a different system of values. So do not rush into extremes. A sense of meaninglessness drives people to rash acts: conflicts and unnecessary purchases. You have to recognize and emphasize their individuality. Determination to exercise for the sole purpose of creating a comfortable personal space. Communication with unpleasant people is better kept to a minimum.
Psychologists strongly suggest that during the crisis the first quarter of life is not to withdraw into themselves. It's just pointless and can give an incorrect result. In one interview A. Robbins confirmed that people in this situation often experience all alone. Wiser it would be to share with peers or older generation. Crisis happens every second, so surely there is a good guide that will help to successfully overcome this condition.
To make adjustments to your life better gradually. Grabbing several things at once, you can not succeed at all. There is a risk to make mistakes, to correct which would be difficult and more painful. It is important to determine the wishes of and without panic, fuss to proceed in stages, starting small. Should also work with beliefs. All the people are going to succeed in different ways. Some are rapid and short, and others – is long and thorny. It is impossible to measure all of the same line. Sometimes it takes a while.
The Phenomenon of the quarter life crisis lighted up not only in psychology. It is reflected in film art. This theme is dedicated to the films “Graduate”, “Transition to adulthood", ‘Paper chase’, ‘translation’, ‘Ghost world" and others. In each picture age crisis played in the original key: comedic ordrama. Trace is a psychological phenomenon in the series “Girls” (2008). The emphasis usually is on the personal sphere of the characters. But the semantic context alone. No matter how difficult was the period of quarter life crisis, it is useful and even necessary. It makes a person stronger and wiser, helps you find your way.
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