9781585421060

Quarterlife Crisis : The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

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  • ISBN13:

    9781585421060

  • ISBN10:

    1585421065

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-21
  • Publisher: Tarcher

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Alexandra Robbins (left), the author of Secrets of the Tomb, is a contributing writer at Cosmopolitan and on the staff of The New Yorker's Washington, D.C., bureau. Abby Wilner (right), is the webmaster of www.quarterlifecrisis.com and works as a public policy analyst specializing in higher education. Both authors live in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

introduction: What Is the Quarterlife Crisis? 1(3)
Why Worry About a Quarterlife Crisis?
4(3)
How Do You Recognize a Quarterlife Crisis?
7(4)
What Do You Do About the Quarterlife Crisis?
11(4)
How Am I Supposed to Figure Out Who I Really Am?
15(30)
``So, What Do You Do?''
16(3)
What Now?
19(3)
Compromising Positions
22(5)
Finding a Passion
27(2)
Keeping the Faith
29(1)
Trial and Error
30(4)
Changing Their Minds
34(2)
Job-Hopping
36(4)
Constant Evolution
40(5)
What If I'm Scared to Stop Being a Kid?
45(22)
End of the Innocence
50(3)
Are We There Yet?
53(2)
The Parent Trap
55(6)
Inescapable Influence
61(3)
The Times They Are A-Changin'
64(3)
What If I Fail?
67(20)
Ready, Set, Fail
68(4)
Going After the Dream
72(3)
Abort Mission
75(4)
Plan B
79(4)
Advice from the Pros
83(4)
What Do All of These Doubts Mean?
87(36)
Doubts and Questions
90(3)
Working Problems
93(5)
Social Adjustments
98(2)
Overwhelming Factors
100(4)
Anchors Aweigh
104(5)
Dashed Expectations
109(3)
Paradise Lost
112(4)
Trying Out Therapy
116(5)
Brushing It Off
121(2)
How Do I Know If the Decisions I'm Making Are the Right Ones?
123(24)
Moving Right Along
126(5)
How Do I Know If I'm Sure About Somebody?
131(8)
Gut Instinct
139(2)
Gray Matter
141(3)
Going with It
144(3)
How Do I Work Out the Right Balance Among My Career, Friends, Family, and Romance?
147(22)
Stuff Happens
149(3)
Work Won't Make You Coffee in the Morning
152(7)
When Love Comes to Town
159(5)
Stress Fractures
164(1)
The Balancing Act
165(4)
Can I Carry Any Part of My College Experience into the Real World?
169(28)
Six Degrees of Separation
170(5)
Batting for the Majors
175(6)
Look at All the Lonely People
181(5)
Lifestyle Changes
186(6)
Continuing Education
192(3)
What You Can Take with You
195(2)
conclusion 197(4)
topical index 201

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