January 11, 2009
After spending the last several decades in a Madison Avenue culture of youth and beauty, many baby boomer women are feeling uncertain of our place in a society that seems not to honor or appreciate ..
December 15, 2008
When people think of the midlife transition, most often their minds go straight to the infamous midlife crisis and the radical changes that go along with it. People change their looks, they change ..
December 14, 2008
Are you noticing that the signs of menopause are starting to show up? Can you feel the changes happening in your body? Is it one of the topics of conversation when you and your closest friends get ..
December 14, 2008
The downward spiral that does the most damage to men (and women) at midlife shows itself as a tailspin deeper and deeper into aggravation. It begins with the everyday frustrations of life. These ..
November 22, 2008
Remember Charles Dickens’ opening lines to A Tale of Two Cities? “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. " These words apply to more than just Paris before the French ..
November 08, 2008
For the past few days, I've been reading Dr. Jed Diamond's newest book, The Irritable Male Syndrome with rapt attention (in advance of interviewing him on my upcoming internet radio program). In my ..
October 23, 2008
Emily Dickinson wrote, “Remorse is cureless, the disease not even God can heal. " ‘Remorse’ arises as a sorrow for past decisions that you've made, while ‘regret’ serves .
October 20, 2008
You know what they say: “Time and tide wait for no man. " And, you know, they're right. Time's up, guys! Tide's gone out, and there's not enough water left to float your boat. For the past four .
October 19, 2008
We know one thing for certain regarding midlife: it's an emotional maelstrom. The principal difference between your reactions to the emotions that you experience during the midlife transition and the .
October 15, 2008
Just before we moved from Connecticut to Delaware (where we now live), I was only about a month away from earning my instrument rating on my private pilot's license. From everything I've heard, the ..
October 14, 2008
We humans have a morbid fascination with security. What's this all about? As you look more closely at how we define ‘security’ for ourselves, you can begin to learn what it is you really ..
October 13, 2008
What happens when your clock strikes twelve? There's no fairy godmother, no pumpkin coach or coachmen, no ball gown or glass slippers, no Prince Charming. Nothing left but some very hard work. ..
October 09, 2008
Did you ever see the movie Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep? The movie begins with hapless Daniel (Brooks) meeting an untimely end and appearing at the judgment with other ..
October 08, 2008
You know, there's one thing I can say for being an expert in midlife: when an emotional crisis sneaks up from behind you and pounces on your back, you know the material well enough that you can ..
September 29, 2008
Economist and Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein wrote this morning that most of those who are in charge of the governing of the world's economy just don't ‘get it:’ they've ..
September 17, 2008
In case you're among the .001% of the population who might not have noticed (who knows? perhaps you've been in a coma for the past six months), the world's financial institutions are in meltdown. ..
September 10, 2008
In 1980, singer Grace Jones released her version of the song, “Love is the Drug" and it soon became a hit on the disco circuit. It's true: though we don't always think about it in those terms, ..
September 08, 2008
If I were to have to choose the single most disruptive element of the midlife transition, it would have to be an irreversible transformation in core values. There's a certain inevitability about that .
September 07, 2008
One of the five scales that sociologists use to measure cultural differences is called ‘individuation', which is contrasted with ‘collectivism’. The scale measures where a society ..
September 07, 2008
If you're in business or running a business, you're probably familiar with the classical SWOT analysis: a survey of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats that should be used in the ..
September 01, 2008
"I just know I'm the only one in the world who feels this way!" Somehow, the feelings of guilt over your (real or imagined) failures, the confusion and fears that haunt you over decisions (big or ..
August 31, 2008
The day Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps broke the world record for gold medals in 2008, the world cheered; everyone loves a winner. The fact that he has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) .
August 28, 2008
'The more things change, the more they stay the same. ’ Have you ever had that thought? Have you also noticed that, the harder you push to change the way things are, the less progress you seem ..
August 21, 2008
Every day you live, you collect stuff. Just imagine the sheer volume of information that passes into your psyche every day, from what you see, what you read, what you experience, what you think, what .
August 20, 2008
'Be careful what you pray for, ‘cause you just might get it. ’ Have you ever heard that saying? In my opinion, it so perfectly describes the pitfalls of adulthood. Keep in mind that I ..