This podcast episode is a companion to “Issue #63: Opening Up About My Quarterlife Crisis.”
Four months ago, I began the process of methodically unravelling the life I’ve spent my entire adulthood building. I moved out of my house into a studio apartment, separated from my husband, and began living with my dog only part-time. The urge to rebuild seemed to come out of nowhere after a decade of following all the rules. It wasn’t until I came across Quarterlife: The Search for Self in Early Adulthood by Portland-based Psychotherapist Satya Doyle Byock that I finally felt like I had the diagnostic language to describe what I was going through.
Satya argues that midlife crises are happening earlier, during a stage she calls “Quarterlife,” or the first part of adulthood between the ages of sixteen and thirty-six. According to her, this crisis often stems from an imbalance when a quarterlifer is either too much of a “Meaning Type” or a “Stability Type.” People can find themselves anywhere along the spectrum between the two types, but it became immediately clear which category I fell into…
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