March 25th, 2009


Life (and other Catastrophes)

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.