Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

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Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

Format:  Paperback,

202 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: May 2001

ISBN-13: 9781585421060

ISBN-10: 1585421065

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While the midlife crisis has been thoroughly explored by experts, there is another landmine period in our adult development, called the quarterlife crisis, which can be just as devastating. When young adults emerge at graduation from almost two decades of schooling, during which each step to take is clearly marked, they encounter an overwhelming number of choices regarding their careers, finances, homes, and social networks. Confronted by an often shattering whirlwind of new responsibilities, new liberties, and new options, they feel helpless, panicked, indecisive, and apprehensive.

Quarterlife Crisis is the first book to document this phenomenon and offer insightful advice on smoothly navigating the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, from school to the world beyond. It includes the personal stories of more than one hundred twentysomethings who describe their struggles to carve out personal identities; to cope with their fears of failure; to face making choices rather than avoiding them; and to balance all the demanding aspects of personal and professional life. From "What do all my doubts mean?" to "How do I know if the decisions I'm making are right?" this book compellingly addresses the hardest questions facing young adults today.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: May 2001
ISBN-13: 9781585421060
ISBN-10: 1585421065
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 202
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.57
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.52 x 0.58 x 8.26

Chapter outline

Introduction: What Is the Quarterlife Crisis?p. 1
Why Worry About a Quarterlife Crisis?p. 4
How Do You Recognize a Quarterlife Crisis?p. 7
What Do You Do About the Quarterlife Crisis?p. 11
How Am I Supposed to Figure Out Who I Really Am?p. 15
So, What Do You Do?p. 16
What Now?p. 19
Compromising Positionsp. 22
Finding a Passionp. 27
Keeping the Faithp. 29
Trial and Errorp. 30
Changing Their Mindsp. 34
Job-Hoppingp. 36
Constant Evolutionp. 40
What If I'm Scared to Stop Being a Kid?p. 45
End of the Innocencep. 50
Are We There Yet?p. 53
The Parent Trapp. 55
Inescapable Influencep. 61
The Times They Are A-Changin'p. 64
What If I Fail?p. 67
Ready, Set, Failp. 68
Going After the Dreamp. 72
Abort Missionp. 75
Plan Bp. 79
Advice from the Prosp. 83
What Do All of These Doubts Mean?p. 87
Doubts and Questionsp. 90
Working Problemsp. 93
Social Adjustmentsp. 98
Overwhelming Factorsp. 100
Anchors Aweighp. 104
Dashed Expectationsp. 109
Paradise Lostp. 112
Trying Out Therapyp. 116
Brushing It Offp. 121
How Do I Know If the Decisions I'm Making Are the Right Ones?p. 123
Moving Right Alongp. 126
How Do I Know If I'm Sure About Somebody?p. 131
Gut Instinctp. 139
Gray Matterp. 141
Going with Itp. 144
How Do I Work Out the Right Balance Among My Career, Friends, Family, and Romance?p. 147
Stuff Happensp. 149
Work Won't Make You Coffee in the Morningp. 152
When Love Comes to Townp. 159
Stress Fracturesp. 164
The Balancing Actp. 165
Can I Carry Any Part of My College Experience into the Real World?p. 169
Six Degrees of Separationp. 170
Batting for the Majorsp. 175
Look at All the Lonely Peoplep. 181
Lifestyle Changesp. 186
Continuing Educationp. 192
What You Can Take with Youp. 195
Conclusionp. 197
Topical indexp. 201

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While the midlife crisis has been thoroughly explored by experts, there is another landmine period in our adult development, called the quarterlife crisis, which can be just as devastating. When young adults emerge at graduation from almost two decades of schooling, during which each step to take is clearly marked, they encounter an overwhelming number of choices regarding their careers, finances, homes, and social networks. Confronted by an often shattering whirlwind of new responsibilities, new liberties, and new options, they feel helpless, panicked, indecisive, and apprehensive.

Quarterlife Crisis is the first book to document this phenomenon and offer insightful advice on smoothly navigating the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, from school to the world beyond.

It includes the personal stories of more than one hundred twentysomethings who describe their struggles to carve out personal identities; to cope with their fears of failure; to face making choices rather than avoiding them; and to balance all the demanding aspects of personal and professional life. From "What do all my doubts mean?" to "How do I know if the decisions I'm making are right?" this book compellingly addresses the hardest questions facing young adults today.

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