sunscour asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 decade ago

Why do men go through a "middle age crisis?" Is it a fear of dying or what?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    We all generally go through some stages of life when we have slightly different abilities, perspectives and goals. The simplest is when we are babies and only have basic needs and thoughts,,, another stage of change is puberty, then we have the age that we reach legal adulthood. As young adults we are looking forward to establishing careers and families.

    Then, when we reach middle age we look both forward and back. We look back at what we have accomplished. We think about what things we failed to accomplish , and we take stock. We look forward at the prospect of declining abilities. We often decide we have one last chance to try to accomplish the things we feel we lack before we get 'old'.

    So,, men, and women, then hang on to a youthful image, maybe have a fling,, change jobs. The significant others , who may see this person differently, may not understand why s/he feels that they lack anything, or have need to have any flings.

    The middle age crisis usually resolves when the person accepts where his or her life is at and settles back down,, with new or old job, new or same spouse, and feels ready to proceed with life at a more 'mature' level.

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  • 1 decade ago

    some doctors and psychologists thinks affects many men in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Some believe it has mainly psychological causes while others argue that it's related to hormonal changes. Other health professionals argue that there's no such condition, however, and that the symptoms often associated with mid-life crisis have other causes. Those doctors and psychologists who believe the mid-life crisis is a genuine condition have identified a wide range of symptoms. Frequently reported problems include:

    Irritability

    Loss of libido (sex drive)

    Erectile dysfunction (impotence)

    Fatigue

    Depression, charactised by low moods and (often apparently unaccountable) feelings of sadness and lethargy. At least one study has suggested that those undergoing mid-life difficulties may be distinguished from other men affected by depression by their sense of urgency. Such men are driven to keep on being active, sometimes even more active than they were before the crisis.

    Some men may also be affected by:

    Stiffness in the muscles and joints

    Night sweats

    Dry skin

    Hair loss

    Weight gain

    A loss of ability to recover quickly from injuries

    Several of these symptoms, occurring together, might understandably provoke a sense of crisis in a man.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    through a combination of things a guy will realize the regrets he has. Once the hormones in a man reduce to a regular level or the scale tips and estrogen gets stronger than testosterone, the man starts to live much differently. The ups and downs of youth no longer present he is faced with the realization of where his path has led him. If something in his life depresses him angers, etc then he submits to his weakness' and has that mid life crisis. The men that are content with their lives and how they got there usually dont have the "crisis"

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  • 1 decade ago

    men can feel threatened by middle age. A man can find himself embroiled in an intense inward struggle to retain his youth and identity. But his crisis can reveal itself in a number of ways. Some men suffer an “attack of vanity.” As a clothing salesman once observed, middle-aged men often “come in [a store] wearing conservative cuts, dark gray and blue, and . . . walk out with vents, plaids, gold buttons, [and] hot pink shirts.”

    There are other “crisis” indicators: drastic changes in life-style, a person’s becoming depressed, withdrawn, indecisive, apathetic. Some men even get ill.

    Source(s): February 22, 1983 AWAKE! Magazine, published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of NY
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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes they do, and I believe it is because they fear losing their vitality. Men put such an importance on sex and being considered attractive by the opposite sex, that when they hit middle age they wonder if they still "have what it takes". That is why you see so many men chasing after women way younger than they are.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You get to a point where you realize your life is half over, and maybe you havent reached your goals or be where you thought you would.

    I don't know, thats just what I would figure. I'm not even close to mine yet.

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  • LELAND
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    1 decade ago

    a phony excuse to "act out". A sophomoric regression

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    fear of getting old and losing their youth

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