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(1967). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965: Death and the Mid-Life Crisis. Elliott Jacques. Pp. 502-514.. Psychoanal Q., 36:626.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965: Death and the Mid-Life Crisis. Elliott Jacques. Pp. 502-514.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:626

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965: Death and the Mid-Life Crisis. Elliott Jacques. Pp. 502-514.

At age thirty-five the individual has reached the summit of life and sees a declining path before him with death at its end. This results in a crisis, stronger in some than others, connected with having to accept the reality of one's death. It is a period of anguish and depression at the anticipated loss of one's life and revives the infantile experience of loss of the good object (mother). Working through the infantile experience again increases one's confidence in being able to love and mourn what has been lost and increases the possibility of enjoying full maturity and old age. If creativity is present, it may take on new depths and shades of feeling. Dante's descent through Purgatory is essentially an expression of the mid-life crisis and its resolution.


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(1967). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965. Psychoanal. Q., 36:626

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