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ERIC Number: ED143784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 17
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The Midlife Crisis and Educational Programming.
McKenzie, Leon
Following a brief summary of research relating to midlife crisis, a theory of the midlife crisis is presented that is based on the philosophical insights of Plato and Heidegger: The emotional pain at midlife is associated with a collapse of a person's ontic field (relationships with others, to things, and to institutions) or a stagnation of a person's field of life-relationships and, in a sense, the person dies but is beckoned to create a new ontic field. A two-page outline of a model program (designed so the participants will be able to identify characteristics of the midlife crisis and techniques for the successful negotiation of the crisis) consisting of ten ninety-minute weekly sessions is presented followed by a brief commentary on each session. The ten sessions, involving the use of lecture, discussion, buzz sessions, and reports from student project teams, cover the following content areas: The Midlife Crisis: What, When, and Why; Depression, Chemistry, and Medical Treatment; Troubled Adults: Counseling Techniques; Saul Bellow's "Herzog," John Updike's "The Centaur"; Symbols of the Midlife Crisis in Poetry; How I Handled the Midlife Crisis; and How to Negotiate the Midlife Crisis. This paper concludes with a brief discussion of suggestions for program implementation. (EM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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