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I just read this on Rjurik Davidson's blog:

I received an email yesterday, promoting a particular book (Kasey Edward's Thirty Something and Over It, if you're interested), which contained the following happy statistics:

- 98 per cent of people are unhappy in their jobs
- 26 per cent of women at the cusp of the most senior levels of management don't want the promotion.
- One in 15 under-35s have already dropped out of paid work to pursue ‘self-improvement’, and half plan to do so in the near future
- Dr. Carson-Webb, who specializes in life-cycle dilemmas, said nearly 20 percent of her clients are facing a thirtysomething crisis, or thrisis, suffering from anxiety, depression and burnout.
- Larry Wentworth, a licensed clinical social worker who has his own psychotherapy practice in Chattanooga, said a thrisis is very different than a mid-life crisis. Rather than looking back on their lives and acting out with affairs, new sports cars and toupees, disenchanted thirty-somethings are looking ahead and worried about what will happen with the rest of their life.
- Gladeana McMahon, co-director of the Centre for Stress Management, knows the phenomenon only too well. “I work with a lot of highly successful, driven people,” she says. “By their mid-thirties, a lot of them are tired. They’re sick of life and they wonder what it’s all about. They start questioning their values and what they’re doing.”


How inspiring.

(crossposted)

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catsparx
Mar. 24th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
wow! I'm in a 2% percentile band!
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
i wouldn't say it too loud, you might be poisoned...
catsparx
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
[sounds of coughing... choking... arrrrghhhh!]
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
*sounds of cheering*

the witch is dead! the witch is dead!
catsparx
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
how rude!
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
you love it, witchy witch.
catsparx
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
up yer bum
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
be still my beating heart ;)
exp_err
Mar. 24th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Does "unhappy with their jobs" mean:
a) they dread going to work each day
b) there are some things that they'd like to see improved; or
c) if they won the lottery, they might retire?
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
does it really make much of a dif?
exp_err
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
I think it does. There are things about my job that I don't like, but overall, I'd say I'm happy with my job. But the answer that someone doing a survey would get from me would depend on how they phrased the question.
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
oh, yeah, of course. but for the way you can just have a look at something, this is amusing enough.
rachelholkner
Mar. 24th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
I have thrisis. It's itchy and a bit red.
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
i have this cream you can buy...
maenad_au
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
This came up in a class I did in first year. We called it the quarter-life crisis and I got very interested in it. The phenomenon is a lot more complex than just work stress IMHO.
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
cool--what'd you end up reading for it?
maenad_au
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
There was nothing specific for that topic as it was an issue that emerged from class discussions. The class itself was called Spirituality and Rites of Passage and it emerged again in discussions at the end of a course on Jung by the same lecturer in second year.

The jist of the discussions were that there is a need in people to have their spiritual side attended to but our culture leaves no room for that. The traditional organised religions are too restrictive for people in a culture that puts high value on individuality. Without the communal spirit that churches offered in the past, people become more and more emotionally isolated.

IMHO this is why raves and other subcultures have been so popular and why so many people don't "grow out of them" as expected. We don't make friends with our neighbours we make friends with members of our tribe because we just don't identify with random, transitory neighbours or trust them. Unfortunately the need to travel for work and moving house thanks to real estate BS interferes with the continuity of a tribe. This is only partly patched by technology like the internet.
maenad_au
Mar. 28th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Here's another book on the same subject:
Midlife crisis at 30: how the stakes have changed for a new generation--and what to do about it
Google books gives a limited preview of it.
fengi
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
News: PR for book says book's thesis is very important
In other news, 98% of consultants are able to cite self-serving, quasi-scientific stats and observations which prove theirs a market for their faux-expertise.

What a load of codswallop. I'd really like to see the methodology and statistical sample on that 98% bullshit. Because the manner in which the question is phrased will produce the desired answer.

Also, "a licensed clinical social worker who has his own psychotherapy practice" employing fanciful jargon ("thrisis") which just happens to define a large demographic of potential clients? Now that's responsible medicine.
ninebelow
Mar. 25th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
Re: News: PR for book says book's thesis is very important
Indeed.
benpeek
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: News: PR for book says book's thesis is very important
well, yes. of course. still thought it was funny to link.
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